By serving people’s present needs and designing to adapt for future uses, our renovation projects can breathe new life into existing properties.
In Beaverton, Oregon, we helped Prometheus Real Estate Group renovate Emerald Place Apartments’ clubhouse to express community and create an inviting gathering place. Emotionally and practically, we understood that residents – or neighbors as Prometheus calls them - needed a lounge that feels inclusive and serves many uses while functionally extending their homes. Their new lounge needed to feel light, bright, and comfortable.
By creating an open layout from the previous compartmentalized clubhouse, our renovation maximized its overall footprint, captured and repurposed found space, and made the highest possible uses out of the new floor plan. Drawing from our experience and interpreting the Prometheus brand “I am Home”, we executed a new amenity program that supports current lifestyles, anticipates future needs, and adapts to a variety of uses during the day, all while feeling open and welcoming.
Emerald Place Apartments’ newly renovated clubhouse now reinforces a sense of belonging by providing areas to support different activities for individuals or group engagement. For example, during the day, Emerald Place Apartments’ leasing agents work from a dual-purpose space nested within the main lounge. In the evening, after the sales staff go home, this space opens up and is available to everyone. For neighbors this experience feels inviting whether you’re working hard on your laptop in a quiet nook or hosting a party in the larger amenity space. Our intent and programming create the feeling that the space is an extension of each neighbors’ home.
Aesthetically we interpreted the “I am Home” Brand through a Pacific Northwest vocabulary by employing regional artisans, materials, and icons drawn from the region. A laser-cut wooden tree stands prominently on a wall against a stylized background of a line-drawn mountain range. The words “I Am Home” hang on another. A local vendor supplied the long communal table, which is perfect for co-working and co-playing. Even the area’s timber history is referenced by a bright pop of plaid, Pendleton-esque wallpaper.
People’s lifestyles define what we expect from shared spaces, how we reconnect with each other, and how we unwind. Centering our renovation projects in human experience, we can design gathering spaces that adapt to people’s daily lives. Today and tomorrow alike.