Warehouse Conversion in Portland by Works Partnership Architecture

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Bowstring Truss House by Works Partnership Architecture

Located in Portland, Oregon, Works Partnership Architecture has renovated a 460 sqm former warehouse and auto repair shop into a private residence and studio.

Photography by Joshua Jay Elliott and Matthew Williams

Warehouse Conversion in Portland by Works Partnership Architecture
© Joshua Jay Elliott
Warehouse Conversion in Portland by Works Partnership Architecture
© Joshua Jay Elliott

The space is clear spanned by a series of four bow-string trusses and exposed roof framing, the design maintain the vast trussed ceiling and the openness of the original warehouse, while inserting a standard residential program for an artsy couple.

Warehouse Conversion in Portland by Works Partnership Architecture
© Joshua Jay Elliott
Warehouse Conversion in Portland by Works Partnership Architecture
© Matthew Williams

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The major space of the home is devoted to a single open volume, arranged around the atrium, an vitrine courtyard at the center of the house, 11 skylights and the glass atrium capture the elusive Pacific Northwest light, creating a constellation of light and discrete pools of sun.

Warehouse Conversion in Portland by Works Partnership Architecture
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Warehouse Conversion in Portland by Works Partnership Architecture
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The functionality of the house flows lucidly: several rooms are enclosed in “boxes,” while walled-off bedrooms occupy the front and back of the house, the couple could easily convert the living-dining area into a small performance venue, with seating for up to 50.

Warehouse Conversion in Portland by Works Partnership Architecture
© Matthew Williams