One North is an approximately 100,000-square-foot urban infill office and retail development in north Portland. The project is the result of a collaboration between two development teams across three uniquely designed buildings and a 14,000-square-foot public courtyard.
The East and West Buildings, developed collaboratively by Owen Gabbert, LLC and Nels Gabbert, LLC comprise roughly 70,000 square feet of office space. As the first primarily heavy timber buildings built in Portland in the last 50 years, these spaces represent a shift in the development and construction world, showcasing the potential of wood as both a structural and finish material. The remaining 36,000 square feet of space is in the Radiator Building; this area was designed and developed by Kaiser Group.
Portland-based digital creative agency, Instrument, now occupies three floors of the East Building, which includes a centrally-situated auditorium that simultaneously allows employees to see one another while offering a central stairway and gathering place via the bleachers. This office space, lined with wood and plentiful windows, is both modern and classic in form and function.
The shared 14,000-square-foot courtyard brings each of the buildings of One North together, and invites community members in as they walk by. In addition to the high performance mechanical systems and advanced envelopes implemented in each building, both have highly unique elements. From an early earthquake-warning system in Radiator, to the undulating curves of the East and West Buildings, One North is genuinely one-of-a-kind.