a.k.a. the ZGF Tower
Architect: ZGF Partnership, 2009
When an architecture firm designs the very
building that they are planning to move into, there's a lot at stake. ZGF Partnership outgrew their office digs in the tasteful Sherlock Building (p. 128) and opted to plan its new home as a "statement of purpose." Of course, when buildings serve as manifestos, the results can be less than edifying. But as it turns out, this building's gleaming surface is downright dazzling in the right light. Glass and polished steel combine and reflect in complex fashions, and it's all one can do to look away.
In the planning phases, the Portland Design Commission made a nearly unprecedented request: "More, please?" The thinking was that this tower was in the unique position of allowing the city to ignore its usual role of enforcing height restrictions. The opportunity to build tall on this site with this design was too exciting to pass up. And it didn't hurt that the resulting 23-story tower has four high-profile wind turbines on the north side and two LEED platinum certifications.
ZGF occupies four lower floors of the crystalline tower. Take a walk up from the lobby to the second floor vestibule to appreciate the interior layout. (In fact, if you go into the ZGF Partnership's office holding a copy of this book, you'll get a free pastry.) While noshing, take in the design solutions for making the office workspaces open, even between floors.Less Text