VIA—A PERKINS EASTMAN STUDIO
2005 Poplar is the latest addition to the Rowley Properties Masterplan in Central Issaquah. The four story structure by VIA Architecture features generous curtain-wall window bays and a brick masonry façade, in keeping with the Rowley’s existing design pallet. The building’s close proximity to the street both conceals parking and creates an urban frontage.
The front façade is highlighted by an “irresistible stair” that both encourages walking rather than use of the elevator and acts as a beacon from the street-side, adding a distinct and inviting element visible along I-90. The stair is passively ventilated and helps to connect tenants on floors through an informal social link.
Mass timber in the form of cross laminated timber was used as an innovative structural floor and roof system. It has been left exposed as an eye-catching yet warm ceiling detail that celebrates the timber traditions of Issaquah. 2005 Poplar is the first project in the Issaquah City limits to enact this type of floor and roof system, which also extends outside the building in the roof overhangs. Type IIIB construction also allows the steel beams, columns and seismic braces to be exposed to create an expressive, tech-friendly interior.
VIS Designs provided interior design services for this project.