(The Grove at Northwest Crossing, a new multi-function development designed by Hacker in Bend | Photo courtesy of Hacker)
Hacker has announced the opening of their new office in Bend. The Bend office will complement the firm’s Portland office and help to support the studio’s increasing presence in central Oregon. Recent work in the area includes: The Grove, a new development in Bend including the recently completed Grove Market Hall and Assembly workspaces, and the soon to be completed Arête condominiums; the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Central Oregon, a new home for community gathering for spiritual growth and fellowship; and the Lodge at Black Butte Ranch, an amenity building designed to capture the spirit and beauty of the Ranch through connections to the surrounding high desert and mountain landscape.
“Central Oregon is such a unique and dynamic landscape,” notes Corey Martin, principal designer for several of the firm’s Bend area projects. “There’s no place like it anywhere in the world and over the past 40 years, we’ve been dedicated to designing buildings uniquely suited to this high desert landscape.” Notable projects found in the region and beyond include: the nationally recognized High Desert Museum, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year; the downtown Bend Library for Deschutes County; the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum in The Dalles; and the Lakeside Bistro and Pool at Black Butte Ranch.
Interior designer Sarah Weber, associate principal, and architect Tom Schmidt, associate, both Bend residents, are looking forward to having a space in which to collaborate in their hometown. “The Bend region is important to the firm,” notes Weber. “Some of the firm’s earliest work is in the region and that experience has been fundamental to helping to define how we relate to landscape and local environments.”
The Bend office will be located at 2838 NW Crossing Drive, Suite 206 inside the Assembly, a co-working space within The Grove, a 67,000-square-foot, multi-function development including office space, retail, a food hall and housing. “This makes our 10th project in the area,” notes Tom Schmidt. “What’s great about The Grove is that it rethinks how development occurs in places such as Bend. It creates a comfortable sense of density while preserve our natural landscape by minimizing sprawl.”
Hacker is an architecture and interior design studio with a staff of 50+ based in Portland, Oregon, with an office in Bend. The firm is united by a desire to create spaces that enrich the world — spaces that connect people to the landscape and each other. The firm’s devotion to craft and 30+ year history of environmentally progressive design, their expressive use of materials and natural light — above all, their reputation for seeking clarity and meaning in every aspect of the work — has earned the firm an international, national and regional design awards, top prizes in national design competitions and publication internationally.