Gravitate

  • LOCATION: Vancouver, WA
  • COMPLETED: 2013

OVERVIEW

Gravitate is a digital marketing and design agency located in downtown Vancouver, WA. An extremely creative group of people, Gravitate was closely involved in the design and concept development for their new 11,000 sq. ft. office space.

Located on the second floor of the historic Koplan’s Furniture building, there were a variety of interesting opportunities that influenced the interior design and layout. The modern edge of the firm inspired the use of clean lines, raw wood, and glass throughout the interior, creating an unexpected contrast to the traditional brick exterior facade. Enclosed and semi-enclosed boxes create individual and shared offices in the center of the space, while the perimeter is reserved for creative brainstorming areas and open workstations.

One of the unique features of the building is an existing ramp that extends from the street to the second floor of the building, used for transporting cars when the building was a car dealership. While it was challenging to create spaces over the existing ramp, it created a variety of work, meet and play spaces for Gravitate’s designers. At the top of the ramp, existing skylights shine on an indoor “deck” that overlooks a Japanese-style garden. A collaborative meeting space is housed in a black box that appears to float adjacent to the deck. Further down the ramp is a game room and indoor theater, enhancing the playful atmosphere for designers and clients alike.