We are thrilled to announce
that Ankrom Moisan will be moving into our new Portland workplace at the end of November. The new mixed-use building was designed by AMA and is located in Old Town Chinatown at 38 Davis. The move follows the relocation of our Seattle workplace
and our expansion into San Francisco office earlier this year.
Not only will this new
Portland building house our workplace, it will also host University of Oregon
classrooms and facilities, various retail spaces, and apartments. This is an
exciting change for the Portland office, which has been located in the Willamette
Oaks building on SW Macadam Avenue since 1991.
The project takes cues from
both the historic and natural elements near the site and the city’s vibrant
collection of designers and makers. Functional materials like brick and metal are integrated into the façade of 38 Davis. The L-shaped
configuration surrounds the existing Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which
sits on the southwest corner of the lot. A lively paseo separates the two
structures and invites pedestrian activity.
The exterior architecture
creates a seamless visual experience for the user by acknowledging the rich
history of the neighborhood through a design that is both elegant and
contextual. The interiors continue the experience through the use of honest
materials, including concrete, wood, metal, and glass.
The lobby serves as a
gathering space for residents, office workers, and UO students. A dazzlingly
lit wall mural mimics the ebb and flow of the nearby Willamette River, and
deliberately placed, supple seating arrangements encourage lounging. Retail spaces
branch off the lobby. Other amenity spaces include a fitness room, bike room,
and roof deck. Exposed timber and concrete throughout the office spaces provide
a warehouse appeal that ties in with the design direction of the exterior
expressions, and apartments offer open floor plans.
Embracing both location and
the true mixed-use nature of the project, the AMA Branding and Identity team worked
with Architecture and Interiors to create a cohesive experience from the
outside in and inside out. The key branding elements of the building are
inspired by the Willamette River along with ancient Chinese calligraphy and
brush painting that is a nod to the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. These
elements helped inspire the large abstracted river wall in the lobby and the
logo for 38 Davis. The brand represents the variety of people and perspectives
that make the project so dynamic and particularly Portland.
AMA’s experience with ground-up workplace design is
not limited to 38 Davis. We have also completed projects for Daimler NOVA, SAIF
Corporation, One West Main, and are in
the design development phase of an
office building at 3rd
and Taylor in Portland.
For more information on 38 Davis, check out this great
piece by the Oregon Daily
Journal of Commerce.