moovel Offices – Portland

A 125-year-old Portland warehouse is now home to transportation startup, moovel, designed with alternate venues for productivity, salvaged materials from the existing space, and access to broad daylight for every employee.

  • Client moovel,
  • size 17,000 sqft
  • Year 2017
  • Location Portland, Oregon, United States,
  • Industry Technology, Transportation,
  • Hacker was engaged by moovel, a transportation technology company, to design their offices located in Portland, Oregon.

    Designed to reflect their unique start-up spirit, moovel’s new headquarters in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown district is less corporate office and more “laboratory-workshop-studio garage.” Skylights and windows bring broad daylight access to cozy desk pods; living room-like nooks and conference rooms offer alternate venues for team-based and individual work; and spacious communal areas can accommodate larger collaborations and community meetings. Curving, hearth-like walls and a gas fireplace in the central hub welcome visitors and employees to an office designed for the community-building, future flexibility, and friendliness essential to moovel’s culture of invention.

    As part of the renovations to a vacant 125-year-old warehouse, the design for moovel’s headquarters incorporates many materials salvaged from and inspired by the original warehouse: wood floors are crafted from timber found in the original structure, and exposed brick wall interiors and masonry stay true to a classic Old Town Portland look.

    Design Team: Jennie Fowler, Tom Schmidt, Scott Mannhard, Sonia Norskog
    PhotographyLara Swimmer