Outpost is a phased, hybrid structure merging recreation, retail and work environments to foster and reinforce a sense of community in a developing section of Hood River. As part of the city’s new Waterfront Masterplan, Outpost will eventually become a 60,000-square-foot development—a neighborhood of buildings that will functionally connect the city with the Columbia River waterfront. The site, formerly home to an industrial wastewater treatment and processing facility, largely underutilized the waterfront but will now become a new paradigm for future development in the region.
▼建筑与环境，the building and surroundings © Stephen Miller
▼形体生成，volume generation © Skylab
Phase One is composed of two buildings, that together, result in a 30,000-square-foot complex that reimagines traditional mixes of spaces and how they are organized. Functioning as one large structure, each of the 15,000-square-foot, three-story buildings are aligned within the exterior envelope to form what appears to be a simple bar-shaped building. The buildings, however, are separated like the hulls of a catamaran to create a central, shared open area for both buildings. The common area knits the two buildings together at each level and provides consolidated vertical circulation (elevators and stairs) and open spaces (exterior terraces) that function as gathering spaces and communal hubs. Largely open to the environment, this central area features an outside fireplace and an expansive partially covered pavilion.
▼从停车场望向建筑，view to the building from the parking area © Stephen Miller
▼从庭院场望向建筑，view to the building from the courtyard © Stephen Miller
The two buildings are unified through a shared exterior aesthetic with a mix of naturally finished cedar on the ground floor and charred cedar cladding on the upper two floors. The visual distinction between floors reveals the functional separations inside the building. The ground floor supports light industrial activities—a brewery, distillery, and maker spaces—with easy access and the opportunity for double-height spaces while the upper floors support retail, co-working, office and recreation spaces. Circulation to upper levels is carved out along the buildings’ edges, providing weather protection and enhancing the experience for the visitor. Moving traditional street-level retail to the second floor activates these spaces in a dynamic way. Elevated outdoor streets capture views of the waterfront, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, making the buildings a destination for visitors and locals.
▼建筑外部采用天然雪松与烧杉板，naturally finished cedar and charred cedar cladding © Stephen Miller
▼侧立面，side facade © Stephen Miller
▼通道入口，entrance of walkways © Stephen Miller
▼通道外部，exterior of walkways © Stephen Miller
▼通道内部，interior of walkways © Stephen Miller
▼与街道相连的公共通道 © Stephen Miller
public walkways connected to the street
Built with efficiency in mind, the building’s structural framing is exposed to celebrate the simple means of construction. Outside, the oversized windows of the complex are based on traditional industrial proportions illuminating the building’s interiors with daylight.
▼室外露台，outdoor terrace © Stephen Miller
▼裸露的结构框架，exposed structural frame © Stephen Miller
▼从露台望向周围景观，view to the landscape from the terrace © Stephen Miller
▼室外壁炉，outdoor fireplace © Stephen Miller
▼俯瞰壁炉，overlooking the fireplace © Stephen Miller
Inside, the warm wood interiors are familiar, conjuring images of early industrial buildings, barns, and mountain lodges. Daylighting and transparency within the building are also accentuated at the ground floor through glazed, double-height spaces that let visitors catch a glimpse of activity from within the building, conveying a sense of openness.
▼通高啤酒厂，double-height brewery © Stephen Miller
▼温暖的木质空间，warm wooden space © Stephen Miller
▼立面夜景，facade by night © Stephen Miller
▼外观夜景，external view by night © Stephen Miller
Outpost is the first step in reimagining Hood River’s reconnection to its waterfront. Originally devoid of public spaces, the water’s edge is now a recreational zone coexisting with new commercial and communal spaces. Elevated walkways, beginning with those at Outpost, will ultimately establish a network of buildings that are connected via boardwalk type structures. Outpost puts the mixed in mixed-use commercial by merging traditionally exclusive industrial uses with commercial, mixed-use maker spaces that can be shared and experienced. Outpost represents a new prototype, a wood structure redefining industrial commercial buildings beyond storage and manufacturing. A venue featuring warm and sustainable spaces that are designed to engage people and to elevate the process of making.
▼工业与商业结合的空间，the space for the combination of industry and commerce © Stephen Miller
▼露台夜景，the terrace by night © Stephen Miller
▼壁炉夜景，the fireplace by night © Stephen Miller
▼使用情景，usage scenarios © Stephen Miller
▼平面图，plans © Skylab
▼立面图，elevations © Skylab
▼剖面图，section © Skylab
Skylab project team
Jeff Kovel, Design Director Brent Grubb, Project Manager David Suttle, Project Director Nathan Cox, Project Architect Kyle Norman, Project Designer Marian Jones, Project Designer Joshua Jewett, Project Designer Amy DeVall, Interior Designer
Project consultant team
Client / Developer: Key Development
Interior design: Skylab
Contractor: Celilo Construction
Civil Engineer: Vista GeoEnvironmental Services
Structural / Electrical Engineer: Valar Consulting Engineers
MEP: MFIA, Inc.
Landscape: Shapiro Didway Landscape Architects
Lighting: Biella Lighting
Code: Code Unlimited
Commercial Food and Beverage Service Design: JBK Consulting and Design, Inc.
Photographer: Stephen Miller