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Our studio pursues clarity  — transforming complex conditions into singular buildings of elemental beauty and enduring value.

We work with our clients and partners to solve problems, reveal opportunities, and create inviting architecture for every place and purpose.

Hopscotch PDX

Founded in Austin, Texas, Hopscotch is an innovative arts presenter focusing on engaging, interactive, and immersive arts environments. After the success of their original gallery space in San Antonio, the founders reached out to Waechter to develop their first West Coast gallery in Portland’s “Goat Blocks” mixed-use development. Our exploration has been both practical and evocative, seeking new ways of linking artist environments and offering visitors a sense of agency and a spectrum of possibilities for engagement.  

The design of Hopscotch adds to the unfolding and immersive nature of the gallery while giving visitors the feeling of being backstage—or behind the curtain—for diverse acts of creation.

With a rotating roster of artists from the region, the US, and internationally, the Hopscotch plan, linked by an unbroken loop of circulation, allows for spaces to be changed over without interrupting the flow and feel of the galleries. A modest budget and the need to create visual relief and acoustic buffers between spaces led to the development of a scenography of exposed studs, simple finishes, and a darkroom lighting concept.

Hopscotch PDX is slated to open in early 2023, with a Los Angeles gallery, currently in early concept design, to debut the following year.

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