WASHINGTON FRUIT & PRODUCE COMPANY
Location: Yakima, WA
Status: Completed 2016
Awards: 2016 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award, 2016 AIA Seattle Merit Award, 2016 The Architects Newspaper Honorable Mention for Building of the Year - West
Photos: Kevin Scott
Completed in 2016, the new Washington Fruit & Produce Co. office is one of Graham Baba’s most innovative, intriguing, and elegant projects. Surrounded by the world’s most high-tech fruit packing warehouses, the office headquarters is an oasis among the sea of concrete and low-lying brush landscape. Tucked between two large berms, the luscious courtyard and view of hills beyond provided a perfect backdrop for the wide-open work spaces and largely glazed private offices. Initially inspired by a mid-century barn, the concept of a repetitive utilitarian shell can be easily seen from many vantage points. This is then complimented by the interiors, which are kept clean and simple, filled with ample natural light and have a warm material palate. Utilizing a raised floor system, all utilities can run under the floor, allowing the impressive structure to stay cleanly exposed, playing a key role in the buildings concept and aesthetics. All & all, the deep agricultural roots in both the company and location give meaning to a simple and pure design concept with attention to detail throughout the project.