Owen Gabbert, LLC remodeled the kitchen, redid the bathroom (including the mirrors, and the shower), rebuilt the outdoor railings, and put in a beautiful cedar accent wall for the home features in this Schoolhouse Electric catalog.
The Karuna West Building hosts several unique workspaces, but three in particular started with the same base layout before they were tailored to fit the aesthetic of those who work in them on a daily basis.
The Karuna Consortium project, the Oddfellows studio, and the NKT space are examples of three entirely unique offices in their own right, but they also exemplify three different takes on what Owen Gabbert, LLC can do with the exact same foundational space. Take a look at galleries of each, below.
The Karuna Consortium office is a space with clean lines and details that augment the building’s original and unique architecture. Vibrant laminate cabinets with an exposed birch plywood edge were chosen to give the office a hint of modern brightness and color while maintaining the true look of the quality material.
The Oddfellows creative studio exemplifies a clean, open and simple floor plan with just the essentials. Exposed wood beams anchor the space, neutral tones of white and gray provide subtle accents throughout, and natural light permeates through west facing windows.
The NKT space brings bright blue and red accents together with exposed wooden beams and an open, angular layout to complete its refined industrial look.
Schoolhouse Electric featured in DesignMilk blog.
The Willeford home started out as a space that was anything but open, and which embodied the style of the 80s more than its current decade. Working together with CJ Shumate of gen design + architecture, inc, Owen Gabbert, LLC remodeled and revamped the entire house, from the walls and the floors, to the layout of the kitchen and the living room, to the finishing touches of accent lighting and tiling.
Check out these before and after photos to get a greater sense of the work that went in to creating this charming classic home – and take a closer look at the full project in the work section of the website.
Dame featured in Willamette Week.
One North awarded by the WoodWorks Wood Products Council.
One North Project featured in GRAY magazine.
Many homeowners choose to build attached dwelling units (ADUs) in order to have an extra space to spend time in, rent out or offer up to guests and family members who are visiting. The Ostby ADU, however, was built from the ground up as a new small home for a couple that wanted to move in and rent out their existing house. Owen Gabbert, LLC treated this project as a small custom home design and build project, and enjoyed working with the owners to create a final product that prioritized important elements while keeping within the budget restrictions.
The young couple knew what they wanted their new space to be like, and working with Polyphon Architecture, they developed a simple set of drawings for the ADU. Owen Gabbert, LLC got involved early in the project, and assisted in the details of a complicated financing process to develop a workable final budget together.
To meet previously required design standards, the ADU is clad in a bevel cedar siding to match the profile of the existing house. Rather than paint, the natural, tight knot material is instead finished with a dark stain. By matching the siding profile, but changing the finish and material, the ADU both blends in to the existing context and differentiates itself as new. Custom exterior elements, such as a beautiful five-panel front door, were added to enhance the unique character of the ADU.
Owen Gabbert, LLC worked with the owners on the ADU interior to create a custom open shelving system that incorporates the unit’s stairs. This uniquely integrated storage system provides ample storage for a large collection of books and becomes a feature wall for the open living space. The collective result is a beautiful, compact space that provides the owners with a one-bedroom loft upstairs and an open living and dining space below. The Ostby ADU is simple, yet well designed – with details that make this young couple feel right at home in their brand-new space.
One North Project featured on dezeen.
One North Project featured in Arch Daily.
Northeast Portland restaurant, Dame, featured in GRAY Magazine.
One North Project featured on APA Designers Circle.
One North Project featured in The New York Times.
Owen Gabbert, LLC works on a brand-new project in Pittsburgh, featured in Surface magazine.
His Neighborhood Scale Project win went to Karuna Properties at One North by Holst Architecture. This creative office space next to New Seasons on North Williams Avenue has a large commons area with risers and exposed stairways for serendipitous collaboration.
Rejuvenation was founded in Portland in 1977, and remains a favorite place for locals to shop for retro, antique and period lighting and fixtures. Today, Rejuvenation’s flagship store is also home to a newly remodeled café that offers counter-service Italian-American fare: Figlia Americana.
Owen Gabbert, LLC assisted in managing and building out the new café with the Figlia owner-operators, Staicoff Design Company and Rejuvenation staff. Owen Gabbert, LLC fully redid the kitchen space, adding a new tile accent wall, installing brand-new countertops and a custom ordering counter, showcasing modern lighting fixtures provided by Rejuvenation, and adding shelving that provides a focal point and functionality. All of these elements make Figlia Café a bright and vibrant space for those shopping (or those just stopping by) to sit down and relax with a good meal in good company. Take a look at some before and after photos of the cafe, above; and check out Figlia on Instagram here.
Photo credit: All current photos of Figlia Cafe come from FigliaPDX on Instagram.
Owen Gabbert, LLC recently collaborated with Celeste Lewis Architecture on a large residential remodel in Northwest Portland. When the homeowners asked if we could use Myrtlewood, a native Oregon species of wood, for the kitchen cabinets, we found ourselves at a crossroads of sorts. The request would make for a beautiful but pricey and potentially challenging project; doors and drawer faces need to be made of solid wood. In this case, the clients were aware of the challenges this raw material presented, and more than willing to work with us in order to get the results they wanted. That’s when we brought Neel Briggs of Big Branch Woodworking in on the project, who appreciated the opportunity to work with the uncommon species of wood and understood how to work with it. Briggs is uniquely familiar with the specialized material as it grows near his hometown; he purchased the Myrtlewood from a sawmill in his hometown Oakland, Oregon – the same mill where he purchased wood for the local high school wood shop – and turned it into a work of art. The final result is a stunning and entirely unique element to this NW home with a truly local story.
Owen Gabbert, LLC is excited to be a part of a large-scale project we’re working on alongside Portland-based Company Schoolhouse Electric. Together, we’re redeveloping a 35,000-square-foot structure in one of Pittsburgh’s up-and-coming locales, East Liberty. This part of Pittsburgh is a historically relevant area that was once a thriving mid-century neighborhood at the core of Pittsburgh’s East End. After falling into disrepair in the 1960s and 1970s, East Liberty is once again starting to thrive. Thoughtful redevelopment of iconic existing spaces is a part of what’s redefining this area, and allowing it to evolve quickly.
Owen Gabbert, LLC is proud to take part in the evolution of Pittsburgh’s East End; we assisted the owner of Schoolhouse Electric in managing the acquisition process of a vacant government building in East Liberty most recently used as the headquarters for the Pittsburgh Police Detectives. In addition to helping direct the initial drawings, we will manage the construction process of transforming the building into a functional and elegant retail space at the ground floor, with an office above. A recent article in Surface gives a nod to our project, writing that Schoolhouse Electric “… has hired a local architecture firm, Moss, to rehab the Detective, a long-vacant Formalist-style government building. The plan is to turn the ground floor into a swank retail storefront (the first of its shops outside of New York and Portland), a design library, and a requisite coffee bar.” We’re looking forward to what will surely be a beautiful finished product, but in the meantime, stay tuned here for more updates as we move through this project with Schoolhouse Electric.
Back in 2014, AIA Portland hosted the Stitch Design Competition at the Center for Architecture. The challenge was to design a solution for capping the section of I-405 highway between SW 13th and 14th near the Portland Art Museum, the central Multnomah County Library branch and Providence Park. Always up for a challenge, we teamed up with a couple of friends from a Bay Area architecture firm along with a local designer and presented our idea for this unique area of the city. Essentially, as we envisioned it, a park would rise in the north, and create a covered space for Portlanders to get away from the rain. An open space above this area would offer an ideal location for gatherings, and the entire design would be easily connected so that visitors and locals alike could easily navigate from one end to the other. Overall, the design, which would naturally intertwine with the existing highway and buildings, was aimed to provide “an adaptable, engaging, connecting space available for a variety of purposes and users, whether they happen upon it or intentionally arrive.”
The city of Portland never built this idea out in the real world, but we loved our proposed design just the same. Therefore, when we came across the Przelomy Centre in Poland, we were excited to see such a unique, yet similar design come to life. From the Public Space website, the project is described: “The south-western edge of the square, which is curved, also rises above street level in order to protect the space from traffic noise from the motorway running along that side. The two sloping edges gently converge from diagonally opposite points to meet near the centre of the square, which is now sheltered despite the gaps in its urban facades. A downwards-slanting ramp set at an angle to the gradient of the square is located in the central dip giving access to the museum. This central zone, at ground level, respects the diagonal route taken by most pedestrians and cyclists when crossing the square before it was renovated. The pre-existing trees on the north-western quarter just in front of the Philharmonic Hall were also conserved and, in the opposite quarter the Angel of Freedom still stands.”
While the Portland design solution for capping a section of I-405 and the Przelomy design for the heart of Solidarity Square in Szcecin, Poland are remarkably different, their structural and aesthetic elements are strikingly similar. To us it’s exciting to see such a uniquely contrasting part of the world utilize a design that is functional, beautiful and meaningful all at once.
Dame, a restaurant and wine bar opening September 14th just off of NE Killingsworth Street, is already making a name for itself. The Willamette Week lists it as one of its “Most Anticipated Portland Bar and Restaurant Openings of Summer 2016,” and we’re pretty excited about it too. Owen Gabbert, LLC helped rethink and remodel Dame, which takes over the former Cocotte space, so that it looks and feels just right for its new self. Specifically, this transformation involved extensive work on the bar, which we rebuilt from the ground up and moved to provide more space for the bartenders. We added antique mirrors, custom oak shelves, and custom paneling around the bar to give it a classic but updated look. Owen Gabbert, LLC also fully redid both bathrooms, reinvented the private dining room with paneling, added new wallpaper in the main room, and all new lighting to the entire space. Once fully open, Dame will offer a 37-seat dining room, along with a private dining room for up to 15 people.
As the Dame website puts it, this “will be Portland's first restaurant to focus exclusively on natural wine. Owners Dana Frank and Jane Smith are pleased to announce that chef Eli Dahlin will be leading Dame’s kitchen. Dahlin was most recently the executive chef at celebrated Damn the Weather in Seattle. Previously, he was the chef de cuisine of nearly four years at Renee Erickson’s award-winning restaurant The Walrus and the Carpenter.” Portland Eater tells us to expect “vegetable-forward dishes with Mediterranean and Eastern European accents.” Whether you come for the wine, the food or the ambiance, we hope to see you at Dame this fall.