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

Bodyvox Dance Company is a self-described “freewheeling, multi-media, boundary-bending movement troupe that assimilates all possibilities for movement” However, their previous home in an obscure, 2nd floor location did nothing to enhance their mission or announce their identity to the city.

Envisioning their new home in a former industrial building on Portland’s Streetcar line, Bodyvox wanted to maximize visibility and accessibility. They also wanted the new dance center to convey the company’s effervescent personality and expansive aspirations within the confines of a limited budget.

The Boora team focused on creating a spacious, straightforward and welcoming home for the company. In the process, they transformed a 90-year-old former print manufacturing facility that had sat empty for several years into a vital community asset.

The center's new lobby serves as a transition between the street and dance spaces. White plaster and concrete walls and a solid reception desk support social functions, art openings and board meetings. The lobby’s hand-carved desk, accent tables, and shelves were made by a local craftsman from wood reclaimed from the building demolition.

A flexible teaching studio supports community dance education and small performances. An operable glass garage door broadcasts internal activities to passersby and when opened, allows performances onto the street.

In the studio, the raw character of the existing building has been preserved. The long-span steel trusses and painted masonry walls remind users to the neighborhood's industrial heritage.

A double-height rehearsal / performance space fills the remainder of the ground floor. With seats for up to 150, the hall can support a variety of performances with live music.

A series of windows and skylights can allow daylight to fill the space when desired for rehearsals. For performances, shades are lowered to allow theater lighting to dramatically bathe the space.

The new Bodyvox Dance Center now plays an integral part in the company's productions. The flexible spaces and quirks of the historic building facilitate Bodyvox's mission to "embellish movement with humor, wit and whimsy to create refined dancing that knows no boundaries.”

Other arts centers

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

Portland Institute for Contemporaray Art 2005 Temporary Art Complex

University of New Mexic
o Fine Arts Center

UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Arts

UT Austin Bass Performance Hall

UT Permian Basin Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center