William / Kaven Architecture has moved its headquarters into the penthouse suite of our recently completed Silica office building on North Williams Avenue. The studio acquired the site in 2016 as part of a portfolio that included three corner sites on the street to develop a state-of-the-art mixed-use building comprised of mass-timber, concrete and glass. William / Kaven sold the property to Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. prior to breaking ground on the development and stayed on to oversee the design process — and ultimately to lease its marquee office space.Read More
William / Kaven Architecture’s Camp MINOH Project in Charlevoix, Michigan, was recognized by AIA Michigan with an Honor Award. The 2019 jury, chaired by Matthew Kreilich of Snow Kreilich Architects, said of the project: “The restrained material palette, exposed structure and sense of craft in this home creates wonderful spaces to live while the sensitivity to massing and siting create a powerful connection to the beautiful site.”Read More
Join us for a walking tour featuring our many completed and in-progress projects in our very own neighborhood.
April 10th, 4-7pm
4080 N. Williams Ave. Suite 100
Portland, Oregon 97227
William Kaven Architecture has been chosen as one of the 2018 GRAY Awards finalists for our Broadway Corridor Master Plan! The final winner in each category will be announced at the awards party on November 29th at The Sanctuary Seattle. Stay tuned!Read More
Kaven + Co. and William / Kaven Architecture recently unveiled additional renderings and a conceptual plan for the proposed redevelopment of Portland’s Broadway Corridor. The conceptual plan, which would provide approximately 5 million square feet of new development, consists of multiple high-rise buildings with a mix of uses that includes retail, office, hospitality and residential. The bold concept would reconnect Union Station to the Pearl District by removing the Broadway ramp and subsequently create a pedestrian-centric district organized around an extension of the North Park Blocks. Further, Kaven + Co.’s vision integrates the potential for a marquee transportation hub for high-speed rail and underground mass public transit innovations adjacent to Amtrak’s Union Station.
DESIGNBOOM, "William / Kaven's Proposal for Portland Development Includes Two Connected Skyscrapers":
"William / Kaven architecture has unveiled proposed plans for the ‘Broadway Corridor’ in Portland, Oregon — a project that includes two soaring skyscrapers and an underground high-speed transportation hub." -Philip Stevens Read more here.
ARCHITECT MAGAZINE, "Broadway Corridor":
"Other elements of the plan include four residential towers, an indoor market fronting the north end of the park blocks, a museum and a block-long reflecting pool."
-Ayda Ayoubi Read more here.
ARCHDAILY, "New Renderings Show Off Plans For What Could Become Portland's Future Tallest Building":
"The masterplan would add nearly 5 million square feet of new development spread across several high and low-rise buildings, including the signature skyscrapers linked by a glass-enclosed botanical garden bridge." -Patrick Lynch Read more here.
THE ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER, "New renderings revealed for Portland’s 970-foot twin towers":
"If built according to plan, the scheme’s twin tower component would reshape the Portland skyline." -Antonio Pacheco Read more here.
PORTLAND MONTHLY, "3 Bonkers Things We Learned about These Proposed Skyscrapers":
"So far, William Kaven Architecture’s ambitious proposal has made the biggest splash." -Marty Patail Read more here.
DEZEEN, "William Kaven Proposes Portland's Tallest Skyscrapers at US Postal Office Site":
"The design of the complex aims to integrate the new USPS building with an upgraded transportation network, including a proposal for a high-speed air system alongside other underground transportation innovations." -Bridget Cogley Read more here.
THE ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER, "Portland Shoots for the Region's Tallest Buildings with Twin Towers Proposal":
"The time to begin preparing for the influx of climate refugees is now—according to Kaven—and high-rise developments could provide a practical solution for adding more housing while also relieving residents of their cars." -Antonio Pacheco Read more here.
BLOUIN ARTINFO, "William/Kaven Previews the Design for the Tallest Building in Downtown Portland":
"The development is being designed as an eco-district with high performance and energy efficient buildings." Read more here.
ARCHINECT, "William Kaven Unveils Design for Tallest Portland Building":
"William / Kaven intends for this skybridge to be an iconic addition to the city's skyline providing dramatic aerial views and becoming a destination for downtown Portland."
-Hope Daley Read more here.
Partner Daniel Kaven discusses the recent USPS site acquisition and the potential it offers in the Daily Journal of Commerce:
"The acquisition by Prosper Portland of the U.S. Postal Service headquarters in the Pearl District was made under the pretext of immediate redevelopment by a yet-to-be-determined private group. These 12 city blocks represent an unparalleled opportunity to recast our strategy for urban design and the brand of our city in the eyes of the world."
Read the full op-ed here.
William Kaven Architecture announces that it will be unveiling a unique virtual reality (VR) experience at the Official Closing Party for Design Week Portland on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The studio is also hosting the premiere event, capping off an inspiring, jam-packed week of design events with a memorable finale and celebration.
The Closing Party will be held at the future site of William Kaven’s Parallax project, a new 5-story multifamily project situated at the corner of North Williams Avenue and Shaver Street.
Serving as a highlight of the Closing Party, the VR will be an immersive, architectural intervention with the existing warehouse at the Parallax site. William Kaven has virtually rebuilt every aspect of the existing steel shop—grime and all—and will be introducing a gleaming modern installation into the space.
“Every guest who participates will be entirely transported upon trying on the custom William Kaven-designed cardboard headsets,” said Daniel Kaven, partner and architect at William Kaven.
Join us for a lo-fi/hi-fi ending to a week of experiences that will have touched so many parts of the city, interacted with so many design disciplines, and inspired so many new connections. This is our moment to come together one last time before everything fades to memory.
Saturday, April 29, 7-11pm
William Kaven Annex, 4018 N. Williams, site of our future Parallax project, Portland, OR 97227
$10, Purchase from Design Week Portland website (account & login needed) or at the door: https://www.designweekportland.com/events/closing-party-56afb80b-b71f-4617-a28e-05a912a8302f
PechaKucha Analog, Dec. 6, 2016, Portland, Or
Analog is not a process - it is an experience - a reality.
Our work as artists, designers and architects is making The Digital, Analog. We spend our days dreaming up stories and places, building them pixel by pixel in the hope that one day they become something that we can touch and feel and in some cases walk around inside of.
But the reality is that you cannot take it with you on your Super-8 from Woodstock, you cannot listen to it on your vintage turntable, nor can you own it and hang it on your wall. Analog cannot be captured on your Instagram with a filter. You can’t tweet it. You can’t Facebook it.
Go home, put down your phone, kiss your loved one, pay attention to the people in your life and the physical world you already created. The Digital is for everyone else to remember you by.
The Analog is what is accumulated in your soul and it is the only thing you are going to take with you when you expire from this trip we call life.
Join us for an evening of PechaKucha (20x20) presentations on Tuesday, Dec. 6th. Reminisce about the days before smartphones and social media, and explore the role of analog practices in today's world. WKA co-founder, Daniel Kaven will be a featured speaker at the event, along side some of Portland’s most inspiring thinkers, designers, collectors and makers. Presenters will share past and present projects that combine analog and digital technologies in their innovative, modern designs.
Grab your tickets here.
WKA will soon have a new home. Envisioned as a 4-story, mixed-use office building located at the SW corner of N Williams Avenue and Mason Street in NE Portland, the project consists of underground parking, ground floor retail, office lobby, and core space, including space for William Kaven’s new headquarters.
The base is clad in board form concrete with large storefront openings. Cantilevering out from the base, 3-stories of office clad in a refined curtain wall engage the Mason and Williams frontages. An outdoor terrace and extension of the office along the south at Level 2 serve to break down the building’s mass and scale and negotiate a transition to its residential neighbors to the south. Balconies along the west facade capture views of downtown Portland and the west hills while providing shading and privacy to large expanses of office window. Williams seeks to elevate the streetscape along N Williams while capturing the energy and vitality of the growing neighborhood.
Construction for the four-story, 31,000 square foot project will begin in Spring of 2017 with a completion date slated for Fall of 2018.
WILLIAM KAVEN ARCHITECTURE RELEASES SECOND SHORT FILM IN ONGOING MODERN CONDITION SERIES
William Kaven Architecture announces the release of Camp Minoh, a short film by co-founding partner, Daniel Kaven. Shot at our residential project which is currently under construction, the three-minute film visually explores Camp Minoh in the context of Lake Michigan’s supernatural winter shores.
“The Modern Condition series was born from our desire to communicate our design aesthetic in a much more experiential manner. Too often architecture is relegated to static images, even though the inherent art of architecture is three-dimensional and fluid. In film, one can hear and move from one space to the other, which is much more like living and breathing in a space,” says Kaven.
Located near Charlevoix on the shores of Lake Michigan, Camp Minoh embodies the rugged ethos of the Midwest; a region known not only for its harsh winters, but also for its rich heritage. French trappers, Ojibwa Indians, Chicago mobsters, even Ernest Hemingway had an impact on the culture of the region. The site itself faces north-west towards Beaver Island, at the mouth of Little Traverse Bay. Nestled among the pine and birch trees, Camp Minoh is positioned to face the strong winter winds heading South, across the lake from the Upper Peninsula and Canada. Construction for the project is slated for completion by the fall of 2016.
The film can be re-blogged/embedded from Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/danielkaven/campminoh.
GRAY Conversations: "Inspired by Travel: Local Design, Global Influence"
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT) Portland, OR
To celebrate and unveil Gray Magazine's June/July travel issue, a jet-setting group of Portland design professionals gathered to discuss how travel inspires them to create. Panelists, including Daniel Kaven, Managing Director of William Kaven Architecture, shared images from their most inspiring trips and discussed the designs that resulted from their fresh perspectives.
William Kaven is big in Japan. In Subaru Japan's recent ad campaign for the Subaru Outback, Daniel Kaven illustrates the commonality between architecture and car design. Both environments, one static, the other mobile, are created to be fluid, elegant and fun to be in.
In Daniel's own words, "Car design is very similar to architecture. A car is a shelter that moves from point A to point B and architecture is static. What is interesting about cars, is that they are not site specific. They move between sites.."
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at William Kaven Architecture.