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Studio Penthouse by JHL Design



Designed in 2019 by JHL Design, this inspiring office space is located in Portland, Oregon, United States.

Description
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.
Upon first entering, the raw space inspired awe. The dramatic character of the concrete, angled walls was remarkable. We knew immediately we wanted to keep as much of the raw qualities as possible – which meant opting not to finish any of the exterior walls in order to leave the darkened and marked concrete visible. Upon honing the concrete floors, old terrazzo remnants were discovered and left as is to highlight the connection to the past. With this intention in mind, JHL first began working on layout and flow of the space. Rather than enclosing the core of the space like traditional offices, we kept the central space open to accentuate the highceilings and angled architecture. Additionally, this allowed for centralized open areas for casual gatherings, flexible 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 aesthetically and practically important move. This created a pronounced transition into the lighter, full-height space while also serving as a location for ...
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