Established in 1994, Allied Works Architecture quickly established a strong reputation beginning with the Sitings Project (conceptual designs for five distinct sites across the Pacific Northwest) and Wieden+Kennedy Agency World Headquarters, an adaptive re-use of an historic warehouse in Portland (completed in 2000). With the completion of their first major free-standing public building, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (completed…
Established in 1994, Allied Works Architecture quickly established a strong reputation beginning with the Sitings Project (conceptual designs for five distinct sites across the Pacific Northwest) and Wieden+Kennedy Agency World Headquarters, an adaptive re-use of an historic warehouse in Portland (completed in 2000). With the completion of their first major free-standing public building, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (completed in 2003), Allied Works has garnered wider attention from the international press and public.
Allied Works has become known for creating dramatic, involving, moving spaces, and for the integrity of their design and detailing. The firm’s projects employ a clear and compelling structure, and an expressive use of natural light and volumes that permit interplay between interior and exterior. This engagement and approach has served a diverse group of clients – ranging from creative companies and higher education institutions to city planning agencies and private arts organizations.
Allied Works has grown into a firm of 50 individuals with closely integrated offices in Portland and New York City. Each location is structured as a studio environment and maintains a full complement of architects, designers and support staff.
In early 2011, Allied Works will release a new book titled Allied Works Architecture Brad Cloepfil: Occupation, which engages a broad selection of artists, scientists, thinkers and makers in conversation and focuses on the ideas and principles that form the basis of the work.
The 200,000sf expansion to the Booker T. Washington High school for the Performing and Visual Arts includes areas for the core programs of music, dance, theater, and visual arts, as well as spaces for assembly and traditional academic instruction. The expansion is organized as simple loft spaces of concrete, brick and glass that rotate around and extend outward from an open-air central amphitheater, known to students as the ‘Green Room’. The program clusters are contained in distinct volumes that provide individual identity yet overlap adjacent disciplines in plan and section. New performance spaces are contained throughout the building, inviting the public to share in the energy of the school. These include an experimental ‘Black Box’ Theater held by the wings of the existing 1922 building, and the 475-seat Montgomery Arts Theater, a full proscenium theater that serves as a dramatic new public gateway from the Arts District. From within, the life of the school is revealed in two four-story atriums that provide circulation, light and views. Substantial new outdoor areas create spaces of interaction and protection from the elements. Overall, the building strikes a balance between porosity and density, openness and introspection, in order that students are able to create freely and take risks with their art while still being engaged with their city, their audience, and the surrounding Arts District.