Pacific Northwest College of Art

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Portland’s oldest arts college sought a new urban campus in the Pearl District, the city’s creative hub. The site held an old 63,000 sq. ft. electrical warehouse that covered an entire city block. Consisting of concrete walls supported by heavy timber posts and capped by an arched wood frame ceiling, the structure needed a major renovation on a modest budget and fast-track schedule.

Commons

At the core of the building, a “campus under a wooden sky” was proposed for the commons area.

Gallery

The building's uninterrupted volume of space allowed for flexible gallery and impromptu meeting spaces.

Client

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Location

Portland, OR

Completion

1998

Size

63,000 sf