Skylab architecture presents its new building on the Columbia campus to house the environmental services office for the city of Portland, Oregon. Housing work space, a visitor reception area and public meeting spaces, the 11,640 square meter building not only benefits from the wastewater treatment system, but also functions as an immersive educational experience, all integrated into a natural landscape.
Skylab Architecture’s new building features seven cast-in-place concrete roofs. These geometries are shaped to channel stormwater through a planted roof, which flows along the berms into a collection system that leads to the Columbia River. The project achieved three unique objectives on a single campus site: the creation of a dynamic and efficient workspace; clean on-site stormwater filtration; and a building that stimulates conversation about preserving the region’s rivers.