Set along the street, the building greets clients and truckers back from the road with its familiar vernacular form. Respecting northwest climate, deep eaves protect the windows, and the roof folds to shelter front and back entries. Perimeter offices open their windows out to the surrounding fields, and their doors into the spacious, light-filled common room. Below an interior transom, barn doors separate the common and break rooms, or merge the spaces during all-company meetings. In the regional commodity business, the building features raw industrial materials: masonry wainscoting, buffed concrete floor, glue-laminated posts and beams, and steel hardware. Polished cab components and insignia become a mechanical louver, door handles, and decorative furniture paneling.
Photos by Bronson Studios
Multiple windows and skylights reduce the need for electric lighting. Industrial surfaces eliminate finish materials, and add durability and longevity. Stormwater runoff from the roof and paving is infiltrated on site via a vegetated swale on site.