The project goal: wrap clean, fresh space around exhibits; integrate supportive amenities; upgrade infrastructure; and correct lingering issues at the exterior envelope. In doing so, the designers demonstrated commitment to maintaining the 60’s vibe, while protecting the center’s quirky architectural features.
Upon entry, visitors encounter a new entry portal wrapped in weathered steel, its circular fenestration a riff on the building’s circular elements, and stainless steel-clad wall reminiscent of fish scales. Daylight illuminates the main and upper levels, highlighting the central rotunda’s original terrazzo tile, glass, and slender steel accents. Specialty lighting, acoustic treatments, and minimalistic design enhance the museum-like experience crafted by exhibit designers, Pacific Studio.
At the café, floor to ceiling windows bring in panoramic Columbia River views for larger capacity indoor dining. The outdoor plaza now has a canopy covered viewing platform. A small theater has been added, along with meeting and office space.