Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

The penthouse of this 1927 building was vacant for several years. It’s character and large expanses of glass that overlooked downtown Portland made it a desirable space for the re-location of this tech office.

It felt like no other space in Portland. The unique character of the walls, the form and the raw qualities were breathtaking. JHL's owner, Holly Freres, was adamant on maintaining the character of the original architecture.

JHL first began by working on layout and flow of the space. Rather than enclosing the core of the space like traditional offices, we wanted to keep the central space open to accentuate the high ceilings and dramatic architecture. Additionally, the open space would serve for casual gatherings, open work space and communal dining.

The vision of JHL Creative Director, Liz Morgan, was to create an intimate entryway off of the elevator with a lower ceiling and textured, dark-stained wallpaper. This was both a practical and aesthetically important move. It created a sense of intimacy and a dramatic transition into the full-height space while also serving as a concealed location for mechanical equipment.

The materiality was an important part of the story. The clients work with many Japanese companies and lived in Kyoto for many years. We developed a space with a subtle nod to Japanese forms and materials. The office wall system was built out of Alaskan Yellow Cedar which is a typical material you would find in Japanese architecture. In an effort to add to the already rich historical texture of the building, we used hand-woven textiles and rugs, textured stone, hand-glazed tiles and cast bronze that will naturally patina over time.

The space has nine private offices, a shared work table, three lounge seating areas and a kitchenette.

Design Team:

JHL Design:
President: Holly Freres
Architect: MOA Architecture
Creative Director: Liz Morgan
Designer: Kelsey Sikkema
Project Coordinator: Chandler Redding

Collaborators:
Construction: Hammer & Hand

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×

Photographer: Haris Kenjar

Studio Penthouse by JHL Design | Office facilities ×