Following a national design competition, Adidas selected LEVER Architecture and Studio O+A to realize a 460,000-square-foot expansion of its North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The design for the North Building utilizes a unique hybrid structural system made from pre-cast concrete columns and girders with glulam beams and Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels.
The overall material palette for both buildings is raw, authentic, and appropriate to the task: exposed concrete and wood, as well as metal panels that are woven across the façade. Leveraging the firm’s expertise with timber innovation, the design for the North Building deploys a unique hybrid structural system made from pre-cast concrete columns and girders with glulam beams and Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels. The South Building’s all mass timber design includes glulam columns and beams with CLT panels. Located over an existing parking garage, the design takes advantage of the lightness of wood to create a larger structure. Mass timber’s warm character, technical innovation, and connection to the regional forestry culture make it an ideal material for a cutting-edge brand with roots in the Northwest.