Waechter Architecture News (10.26.2022)
INTRODUCING HOPSCOTCH—A NEW, IMMERSIVE GALLERY CONCEPT IN PORTLAND, OREGON
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 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.
COROLLARY WINES—NEW TASTING ROOM AND VISITOR
CENTER IN EOLA-AMITY HILLS AVA
A relative newcomer to the Oregon wine community, Corollary has already expanded the map by producing some of the Willamette Valley’s finest sparkling vintages. This spirit of exploration is
also the driver for their newest project — founders Jeanne & Dan acquired 57 acres in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and are developing Oregon’s first property dedicated exclusively to sparkling. At the same time, they’re committed to creating an integrated and regenerative agricultural system across the entire
When complete, the new estate vineyard will have a visitor pavilion and tasting room, a private residence, and winemaking facility. Waechter worked with Corollary and their permaculture team to first understand the landscape and develop site strategies for these structures. We’re also at work on concepts for their first building project, which will provide a range interior and exterior spaces for curated tastings, dining and entertaining.
Slated to open in 2024, Corollary’s new visitor pavilion and tasting room will provide a focal point for their new estate, and a testing ground for sustainable approaches to winemaking and stewardship of the land. We couldn't be more excited to work with them as they transform this amazing property.
WAECHTER EXPLORES MASS TIMBER AND WOOD INNOVATION WITH UO STUDIO
“All-Wood” buildings are nothing new, and each time and culture have their own take on this technology. Today, the need for innovative, economical, and scalable approaches to mass timber are more important than ever. As part of their Fall term curriculum in Portland, we’re working with ARCH 484/584 students from the University of Oregon on prototypes which explore the logic and methods of all-wood / mass timber construction. The studio will prioritize singular systems to seek out more substantive and integrated results, exploring the potential for mass timber projects to be programmatically flexible, and at the same time, experientially and spatially unique. Beginning with historical research and case studies, and working from the details outward, we’ll apply these insights to create design proposals that seek a balance of efficiency, durability and new expression.
The work of this studio dovetails with the commencement of our US Forest Service / USDA Wood Innovation Grant, which will study the performance of our Mississippi Avenue headquarters, and will look to share lessons, applications and approaches to mass timber construction to create new markets and capabilities for US forest products.
We’ve welcomed a lot of people to “Mississippi” recently—from developers, design partners and aspiring architects to a recent meeting of the AIA Fellows. With each visit, we learn more about what this building can offer to the profession and to our region.