SBH LEGAL

HISTORIC OFFICE RENOVATION

PDX // OREGON

Working in a leaky old box stacked to the brim with file folders and ‘80’s oak furniture just isn’t how it's done for these visionary attorneys.  Coming from a posh blush-colored highrise downtown, these badass Matlocks wanted to bring out the best in a neglected but beautifully unique historic shell.  They deserved a design that’s daring yet under the radar, like James Bond but without the resources of the entire British Commonwealth on tap.  

This butterfly emerged from the chrysalis thanks to a collaborative design process that brought  many of the firm's employees into hands-on exercises revealing a broad range of goals for their back-to-the-future space.  The result is subtle restoration on the outside with a massive peeling back of layers inside to make lovely arched windows available for views and daylight to the entire office interior.  Modern materials and design flare sit happily alongside historic elements, and lifted ceilings in the ground floor common areas cap this caterpillar’s transformation party (equipped with a whiskey lounge and all).
 

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PROJECT STATS

CLIENT // SBH LEGAL

KEY PARTNERS //

KLOSH GROUP [OWNERS REP]

BUILT ENVIRONMENTS NW [CONTRACTOR] ENVIRONMENTS [FURNISHINGS]

SIZE // 16,000 SF 

HISTORIC RENOVATION 

COMPLETED // 2020

PHOTOS // TOM HARRIS