Hacker Architects incorporates Oregon’s natural environment into ōkta restaurant

Luxury Meets Landscape

When you enter ōkta, a restaurant in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a subdued sense of luxury is palpable. Hand-troweled plaster walls, fringed rugs, and a detailed ceiling create a dining room rich in texture. Hacker Architects approached the design of the 9,000-square-foot space by bridging high-end hospitality with Oregon’s natural environment.

The dining space houses white oak banquettes and locally crafted tables (George Barberis)

The soft, billowy entry is inspired by the cloud cover that often envelopes the surrounding farmland of Yamhill County (George Barberis)

Case in point: The main floor is grounded by an uneven basalt boulder, carried into the valley by a flood over one million years ago. While creams and light neutrals are featured on the ground floor dining space, the lower level houses a 24-seat cellar bar and wine library that opts for cozy, dark tones like brown leather and burnt sugar-glazed terra-cotta tiles. Through material and color choices, Hacker crafts an ode to the state’s forested lands.

An uneven basalt boulder was carried into the valley by a flood over one million years ago (George Barberis)

Soft material contrast, like hanging tapestries, provide a comforting atmosphere (George Barberis)

The lower level features a wine library and hidden cellar bar (George Barberis)