Boora Architects

People Make Buildings

Arts Centers
Campus Buildings
Civic Buildings
Custom Homes
K-12 Schools
Mixed Use
Planning
Renovation
Sustainability
Workplaces
Bodyvox Dance Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mesa Arts Center
Old Dominion University - GoodeTheatre
PICA 2004 Temporary Theater
PICA 2005 Temporary Art Center
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Scripps College - Music Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
UTPB-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech - Integrated Arts Center
Walton Arts Center
Community College of Denver
Dartmouth College Hopkins Arts Center
Earlham College Fine Arts Complex
Earlham College Science Building
Harvey Mudd College - Learning Building
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Michigan State - Cook Recital Hall
Old Dominion University - GoodeTheatre
Oregon State Univ - Classroom Building
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Scripps College - Music Building
Stanford - Knight Management Center
Stanford - Nano Engineering Center
Stanford - Huang Engineering Center
Stanford--BioE-ChemE Building
Stanford - Y2E2 Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
UC Santa Cruz - McHenry Library
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
UTPB-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech - Integrated Arts Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
McMinnville Courts/Council Building
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Vernonia K-12 School
Boles/Kahle Beach House
Boora Beach House
360 House
The Step House
Kitchel Residence
The Tower House
Coastal Residence
Baker Prairie Middle School
Beaverton School District
Central Catholic High School Expansion
Clackamas High School
Crystal Springs Upland School
David Douglas Early Learning Center
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
Vernonia K-12 School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
HOYT Block 15 Condominiums
The Encore Condominiums
The Metropolitan Condominiums
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Collin County Center for the Arts
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Bodyvox Dance Center
Boora's Office Renovation
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
Scripps College - Music Building
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
UC Santa Cruz - McHenry Library
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
Baker Prairie Middle School
Boora's Office Renovation
Clackamas High School
North Pearl District Master Plan
One Waterfront Place Office Building
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Stanford - Knight Management Center
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Vernonia K-12 School
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Boora's Office Renovation
Corporate Dining - Japanese Cafe
Corporate Lobby Renovation & Sky Lounge
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
FINE Design Group
Flexible High Tech Office Design
LEED Platinum Office Improvement
Cloud Computing Offices & Amenities
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
High Tech Human Resources
High Tech Office Redesign
Literary Arts
One Waterfront Place Office Building
The Metropolitan Condominiums

Consistent with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's roots in itinerant programming, the organization has always sought vacant warehouses and empty urban spaces to host the late-night events presented as part of its annual Time-Based Art Festival. In 2005, the organization commissioned Boora with temporarily converting a full city block to be used as a studio theater with a lobby; a cabaret performance space; a restaurant; and extensive outdoor common space. Partnering with landscape architect Allison Rouse, Boora's design team developed a solution that accommodated all of the program within the existing warehouse buildings while creating an award-winning outdoor environment.

The result earned wide critical acclaim, stoking the imaginations of Portland's and the world's leading thinkers in contemporary architecture and performance art.  The innovative design of the structure was itself time-based art, coalescing through the efforts of an ensemble and disappearing at the end of the festival. Today, no trace of this lively performance and social space remains except for a few pavement marks and a fresh coat of paint on one of the buildings.

The design team positioned a concert canopy on the site's asphalt service yard to provide protection for the outdoor space. This use of outdoor space allowed the team to connect the new structure to the existing building, creating a unified whole from the existing warehouses and the ephemeral structure erected only for the event.

The canopy was elevated to a height corresponding to the height of the existing warehouse, creating a uniform mass from the existing warehouses and the new scaffold structure. The warehouse doors through which trucks received and unloaded goods were left open, blurring the distinction between the performance space inside and the outdoor covered garden.

The two structural towers supporting the concert canopy defined sub-spaces and enclosed service spaces.  Wrapped in orange construction fencing and illuminated from within, architectural writer Andrew Blum, in an article for Surface magazine, called these structures "gauzy lanterns." The first scaffold tower served as the entrance to the venue and held the ticketing control point. A banner identifying the festival hung in this tower. Upon passing through this portal, guests entered a covered garden, over which the concert canopy floated.  In this space, guests could participate in the performances taking place in the cabaret, through direct observation or through video feeds. Seating and a bar gave the covered garden the feel of a night club.

The central axis proceeding from the entry and below the concert canopy terminated in a smaller open garden sheltered by a grid of deciduous trees. This naturalistic treatment rendered the space an intimate anteroom to two adjacent spaces, the covered night club and the restaurant housed in two bays of the warehouse building. Guests seeking relief from the driving energy of the cabaret and the nightclub space mingled amid the trees and dined in an al fresco café. The trees were moved every day to make room for food service deliveries and stage equipment.

On the opposite side of the site, the team converted a former nineteenth-century Wells Fargo stagecoach depot into a studio theater for 100 patrons.  Outside, a lounge doubling as a theater lobby offered coffee and soft-beverage service.  Within the performance space, a circular translucent drape above the stage reinforced the 26-foot diameter of the acting space.

Other arts centers

BodyVox Center for Dance

Collin County Center for the Arts

Mesa Arts Center

Northwest Museum of Art and Culture

Pomona College Seaver Theater

Portland Center for the Performing Arts

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art 2004 Temporary Theater

University of New Mexico Fine Arts Center

UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Arts

UT Austin Bass Performance Hall

UT Permian Basin Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center
Selected publications

Architectural Lighting
Light and Architecture Design Awards, July, 2007

Architecture in the United States by Philip Jodidio
Taschen, May, 2006

Industrial Chic: Reconverting Spaces
Gribaudo, June, 2007

PortlandArchitecture.com
"TBA: Celebrating Urbanity," September 2006

Surface
"Mirage Building," April, 2006
Awards

American Institute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
Honor Award, 2005

American Institute of Architects (Pacific Region)
Merit Award, 2006

American Society of Landscape Architects (Portland Chapter)
Award of Merit, 2006

Architectural Lighting Architecture & Light Design Awards
Whole Building Design, 2007
Best Design on a Budget, 2007

International Interior Design Association
Sui Generis Award, 2006