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Local software success story, Jama, has moved into their new offices in the Pearl District located at 1044 NW 9th Avenue. The space is a brand new build out,  complete with a large meeting space/employee lounge area at the front end of the offices. The balance of the space is primarily open area with perimeter small conference rooms and two larger, more formal conference rooms tucked in the back corner for privacy. The space is complete with a ramp (doubles as a skateboard run), indoor bike rack (under construction) and access to showers/lockers for those more active employees.  Originally designated a retail space, Jama was able to take advantage of a large floor-to-ceiling glassline and exposed mechanicals to create a more industrial feel for their work environment.

The total size of this fantastic ground floor office is 12,513 RSF and finishes off the Ziba World headquarters building after a couple of years of sitting vacant. Congratulations to our client Jama Software on their new home!

employee lounge


kitchen area


entry corridor


open office area


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Wrapping Fir Hallway

Wrapping Fir Hallway


Recently, I had a chance to see the interiors of the new Ziba Headquarters Building in the Pearl District. The building is slated for completion and occupancy in August with Ziba taking the entire 2nd floor and 3rd floors. 

 The interior design reminds me a bit of the Weiden+Kennedy offices with floating walkways and open space to the ceiling of the building. But the Ziba building has a lighter feel with long white walls and glass  walls, both interior and exterior.  As part of the LEED pursuit, repurposed wood is used throughout the building, with a swirling hallway on the east end of the building as the finale to a long corridor. (photo: left)

The architects, Holst Architecture of Hotel Modera and Bridgeport BrewPub renovation fame, have created a feeling of movement among the walls and stairwells to counter the building’s  long rectangle shape.  In order to deal with a long, narrow lot, the north facing wall is entirely glass and provides natural light to all of the building. 

View from library to walkway over stairwell entry

View from library to walkway over stairwell entry

The Ziba design library has built-in display cases for reviewing samples of past projects and seeking inspiration on new accounts.  At the opposite end of the building is an auditorium (which will be available for public events) with giant sliding doors that allow the stage to spill outside.  This area is finished off with an outdoor balcony/patio and a full kitchen at the top of the seating area.

Truly a unique building, if Ziba hosts an Open House in the Fall 2009 I would encourage you to attend and check it out. It appears to be a great venue to host industry events.

 Ziba Design World Headquarters

1044 NW Ninth Avenue

Portland, Oregon

76,000 RSF

3 Stories


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