At the new First Tech Federal Credit Union Corporate Office designed by Hacker, people and nature are connected to each other. Every single element of the design was created to bridge the gap between humankind and the natural world.
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The whole idea was to blur the line between the inside of the building and the outside world. The building is 156,000 square feet, but it’s nearly hidden by the surrounding trees, creek and vast Hillsboro, Oregon landscape. The building has a mirrored façade that reflects the surrounding world.
Mass timber was used in a cross-laminated timber (CLT) structural system to create the large building, which is somewhat boomerang shaped. This creates a courtyard area in the curve that’s protected on two sides. There are also shallow terraces on the building, which further encourages interaction with the outside world.
The building is LEED Gold Certified. It’s also one of the largest examples of CLT construction in the country. All the beams, columns and CLT were sourced and refined within 500 miles of the building site.
The design includes floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the world outside. A park and creek surround three sides of the building. Little details and finishes mirror the natural world to create a more seamless connection between outside and in.
All of the HVAC and electrical are hidden in the raised floor. The HVAC system is designed to provide clean indoor air. The interior space is made with an open design that creates an airy, uncluttered space. The open design allows natural light to flow through the space.
There’s a kitchen and a lunchroom area adjacent to the courtyard. There’s also a coffee bar, a game room, training rooms and plenty of workspaces. The interior is done in a neutral color palette. The atrium is double-height and made with terraces for seating. The photovoltaic array on the roof creates renewable energy for the building.
Photography by Jeremy Bittermann