Mushroom Barn

Location: Sauvie Island, OR
Size: 3,400 Square Feet
Status: Construction, projected completion, Fall 2018
Project Team: Jon Gentry AIA, Aimée O’Carroll ARB, Ben Kruse, Yuchen Qiu

Client: Multnomah Farms

Project Narrative

Located just 10 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon, Sauvie Island is one of the largest river islands in the United States, with spectacular views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood. Predominantly wildlife sanctuary and rural farmland, the island is popular with sportsmen, cyclists, and those looking for a bucolic respite from life in the city.

Multnomah Farms, a team of farm-to-table mushroom growers, contacted goCstudio to develop a master plan for their site on the west side of the island, directly next to the Multnomah channel, with a space to serve both in the production of fresh, exotic, mushrooms and as a gathering destination for local artisans, chefs, makers, musicians, and those they inspire.

Taking advantage of mountain views and drawing upon general store and agrarian outbuilding precedents, goCstudio ‘hacked’ a standard agricultural pole barn and designed an all-in-one solution that provides the technical back-of-house requirements for mushroom production as well as ‘destination’ style amenities such as a kitchen for visiting chefs, a bar + cafe, shop, and covered outdoor ‘porch’ space for taking in the site and enjoying the pastoral setting