Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters | Graham Baba Architects

| 20 : 30 – 02 August, 2018 |

 


 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Office complex

 


Dubbed as a courtyard-focused office complex – The Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters designed by Graham Baba Architects is a retreat located close to Naches river in Yakima.

Inspired by an aging barn along the Naches road, lead Architect Brett Baba’s design and concept seeks to capture the essence of a utilitarian agricultural aesthetic. Concrete site walls and earthen berms form the perimeter of the 16,500-square-foot headquarters is nestled among its landscape. A limited material palette, natural finishes, glass structure with scissored wooden columns represent the headquarters. Exposed truss girders and glulam columns support the massive entrance glass structure and interior spaces.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Office complex

Natural finishes of the wall blend with background hills


 

From the Architects –

 

Surrounded by the world’s most high-tech fruit packing warehouses, the 16,500-square-foot Washington Fruit & Produce Co. headquarters is conceived as an oasis amidst a sea of concrete and low-lying brush landscape. Tucked behind landforms and site walls, this courtyard-focused office complex provides a refuge from noise and activity of industrial processing yards nearby.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Office complex floor plan

Floor plan


 

Taking its design cue from an aging barn that the client had identified as a favorite, the concept seeks to capture essence of a utilitarian agricultural aesthetic. A simple exposed structure that employs a limited material palette, natural patina, the design merges rural vernacular with an equally spare contemporary aesthetic.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Landscape photography

Low lying landscape


 

The L-shaped building is nested into the landscape through use of board-formed concrete site walls and earthen berms that wrap the perimeter to form a central, landscaped courtyard. Soil excavated for foundation work was repurposed for the perimeter berms, eliminating the need to remove it or add more.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Office complex

Renovated barn area


 

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Office complex courtyard

Entrance walkway 


 

Courtyard and glazed structure – 

 

A notch through the berm provides access from the parking area to the formal courtyard and building entrance. Crossing the courtyard via a boardwalk, the visitor is embraced by a fully glazed facade, punctuated by a series of wood columns that march across the building in regular intervals. The boardwalk aligns with an off-set building entry, which is formed as a wood-wrapped passageway inserted into the glazed facade.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Glass structure

Glazed entrance structure facing the landscape


 

The building recalls its agricultural roots by pulling the 18-foot-tall scissored glulam structural columns to the outside, revealing the physics of its construction and enabling the 175-foot-long interior volume to be column free. Topped with 68-foot-long exposed truss girders, the interior reaches 20-feet at its peak.

 

 

The Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Earth berm

Earth berms around the structure


 

The repetitive nature of the structure ensured easy fabrication and assembly, saving costs and resources. The north-facing courtyard facade is glazed along its length, visually extending the interior space into the courtyard. Interior light is balanced via a long clerestory dormer on the south, while the extensive use of large, south-facing overhangs and high-efficiency glazing limits summer heat gain. Reclaimed barn wood siding and a weathering steel roof round out the exterior materials.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, old barn, wood

Reclaimed wood used in construction 


 

Interior spaces – 

 

Spartan, daylight-filled interiors are complemented by a warm, simple palette of natural materials. Private offices line the south wall, while conference spaces and back-of-house functions are set in wood-clad boxes. Interior furnishings terminate well below the ceiling.

 

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Office interiors

Day-light filled interior spaces


 

The open feeling of the structure is reinforced by keeping furnishings low and allowing them to float within the space. Click To Tweet

Lighting consists of custom-designed uplights, which keep the ceiling plane tidy. A raised flooring system further ensures that the clean aesthetic is preserved and free of cabling. The deep agricultural roots of both the company and location underlie the simple design concept and attention to detail throughout the project.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Office interiors

Column free office space


 

 

Office and miscellaneous spaces –

 

The sales office is located in the short arm of the L to isolate noise and enhance privacy. Adjacent to the sales office is a separately-enclosed structure featuring a 30-foot-long table where farmers with whom the company works gather for communal meals.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Sales office

Exposed truss girders


 

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Lunch room

Wooden arcade connects main building to lunch room


 

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Lunch room

Evening view of the lunch room


 

The exposed structural system connecting the lunch room to the main building creates a small, partially covered courtyard, nodding to a remnant of an aging barn. Views throughout the thirty-acre complex are controlled, whether to the courtyard, the distant hills, or to the shallow private office views created between the building and the berms.

 

Everything is curated to create a peaceful environment in which to work. Click To Tweet

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Landscape photography

Walkways connect the main building with surrounding spaces


 

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Glass structure, Wooden columns

Scissored wooden columns


 

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Wooden arcade

Wooden arcade creates interaction space outside lunch room


 

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, Aerial view, Office complex

Landscape design around the complex


 

“The overall headquarter complex is “about focusing the views and creating a great workplace for the people there”.

 

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters, office complex, landscape design

Overall view of the natural landscape merging with the office complex


Project details:-

 

Project Name – Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters

Architect Firm – Graham Baba Architects | www.grahambabaarchitects.com

Lead Architect – Brett Baba (Design Principal), Hill Pierce (Project Architect), Jenn LaFreniere (Project Manager)

Design team – Graham Baba Architects (architecture and interior design)

Interior design – Interior Motiv

Project location – Yakima, Washington, United States of America

Project type –  Commercial design, Office complex

Awards – 

2018

AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture
The Plan Award – Office & Business
International Design Award – New Commercial Building
Wood Design & Building Honor Award
WoodWorks Wood Design Award – Low Rise Commercial
German Design Award – Excellent Communications Design Architecture

2017 – Gray Award for Commercial Architecture

Photography Credits – © Kevin Scott

 

Project Consultants – 

 

Landscape architectThe Berger Partnership

Structural engineering – MA Wright, LLC

Lighting design – Brian Hood Lighting

Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing, Fire protection – ARUP

ContractorArtisan Construction

Structurally Insulated Panel roofPremier SIPS

GlulamSelkirk Timberwrights

GlazingPacific Window Systems

Custom furniture fabrication & white oak panelingStusser Woodworks

Interior custom woodworkingMillwork Preservation

 

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