When it premiered last fall, LEVER’s new building for Adidas’ North American headquarters in Oregon was touted as a potential game-changer for an industry still struggling to find answers about the future of workplace design. Celebrated as one of the most inspiring corporate office concepts in recent memory, the effort was included in the 2022 Wood Design Awards and recently earned the profile treatment of FastCompany.
Working with San Francisco’s Studio O+A, LEVER was able to erect two new buildings on the apparel giant’s existing Adidas Village campus just north of downtown Portland in University Park.
First, a six-story glass curtain facade design called golden building, features a variety of co-working considerations such as flexible workstations, a cafe, and multiple creative spaces contained within what the company considers a “unique hybrid structural system” comprised of precast concrete columns and beams, glulam beams and CLT panels. Home to Adidas’ roster of 2,300 creative designers, its interior is meant to reference local tree offerings and is programmed throughout with a variety of native greenery designed by Seattle landscape specialists Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.
Directly opposite, and separated by a brand new soccer field that serves as a social condenser for the entire campus, is the performance area, a 31,000 square foot wellness center filled with employee amenities. The space was constructed using the same hybrid structure, and its interior is also accentuated with self-referential orientation and design motifs such as sneaker patterns and fabrics pulled from the Adidas archives.
Among its offerings, the Performance Zone is equipped with an in-house yoga studio, gym, juice bar, dining room and rooftop lounge area overlooking the new ground.
In total, the expansion covers some 460,000 square feet and comes with a LEED Gold certificate. LEVER Architecture is a name synonymous with the increasing use of solid wood in ever larger designs, and the fusion of this movement with the condensation of several popular trends ascending in the typology represents a synergy that can be seen as an indicator for the industry as a whole.
According to LEVER: “The placement of the two buildings around a new central sports plaza transforms the existing plaza into a more cohesive campus landscape, reinforces the internal connectivity between the existing buildings and changes the landscape connections with the adjacent residential area. The project is inspired by the dynamism of small stadium environments where spectators and players engage in an active dialogue. The architecture of the two buildings connects creative work, community and sport. »