Earlier this year, OFFICEUNTITLED (formerly R&A Architecture + Design) completed the new Woodlark Hotel in Portland’s storied Downtown neighborhood. This substantial project—the fusing of two monumental listed buildings—has become a symbol of Portland’s rapid urban renewal but also the so-called New Northwest movement: defined as the masterful blending of refined and historically-informed architectural detailing and a weathered ruggedness specific to the area.
In particular, The Woodlark’s interior takes its cues from nature: an abundant source of inspiration in the region. Lush, mossy, velvet, and natural wood tones complement oceanic blues and shiny metallic accents. Luxurious textiles, ornate brass, and lacquer finishes join salvaged woods and natural leathers to delineate a distinct material palette.
This eclectic mix seamlessly combines into a strikingly sophisticated yet comfortable aesthetic. The 150-room property is rounded out by a whopping 2,500 square feet of meeting space, a cozy restaurant, and moody lounge/bar area.
Traditional elements, such as the building’s French Renaissance-style facade and mansard roof were fully restored while contemporary furnishings were implemented to stage moments of drama and surprise. Specific areas, such as the hotel’s lobby and other public rooms, were treated as projects-within-projects and decorated accordingly.