Late last year, digital creative agency Instrument abandoned the World War II shipbuilding hangar it had occupied since 2011 and moved into a brand-new fantasy office in North Portland, designed by Holst Architecture and Osmose Design. The 30,000-square-foot building—one of the first new timber-framed office buildings in Portland—is anchored by an open atrium that serves both as a staircase to the second floor and as a central meeting space for the firm’s 125 employees.
In May, Slabtown creative agency Swift moved into massive new digs designed by local firm Beebe Skidmore: a rehabbed glass, oak, and birch warehouse just across the street from its old location, doubling its stomping grounds to 30,000 square feet. Underneath the sawtooth roof, creatives “toil” in airy, skylight-lit workspaces, sipping draft kombucha from a marble central kitchen amid custom furniture from the Good Mod.
Conceived by Lever Architecture—the firm behind downtown’s shopping alley Union Way and the forthcoming Zidell Yards—this asymmetrical, irregular, 16,000-square-foot structure in the Humboldt neighborhood off of North Mississippi is the first office building in the country to feature Oregon-made cross-laminated timber—a lightweight, high-strength alternative to steel and concrete. It will be Lever’s new home starting in September.