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Old world barns inspire a new world workplace


Photography by Kevin Scott


Designed by Seattle-based Graham Baba Architects, the new Washington Fruit & Produce Co.  headquarters in Yakima, WA, is surrounded by one of the world’s most high-tech fruit packing warehouses. Tucked between two large berms, the luscious courtyard and view of hills beyond, provides a perfect backdrop for the wide-open workspaces and large glazed-window private offices.

Inspired by a mid-20th century barn, the concept of a repetitive utilitarian shell is complimented by the simple interiors, featuring ample natural light and a warm palette. A raised floor system for the utilities and wiring plays a key role in the building’s concept and aesthetics. The agricultural roots in the company and location give meaning to the design concept. washington-fruit-produce-hq-matt-anderson-graham-baba-architects-washington-office-vernacular_dezeen_2364_col_33

Tucked behind land forms and site walls, this courtyard-focused office complex provides a refuge from the noise and activity of the industrial processing yards nearby, according to Graham Baba Architects.