The headquarters for the Washington Fruit Company is intended to be a project that celebrates the natural and cultural history of the Yakima River Valley by showing that natural and manmade systems can coexist in design and function. The design provides a calming work environment and a symbol of the company and their connection to the land. Native plants were chosen to promote their use in the managed landscape for both habitat and ecological awareness.
A major landform was designed to embrace the structure and help choreograph the experience of entering the site. The landform or berm has several functions including controlling views both into and out of the site, providing shelter for the structure and the interior courtyard, and creating a structured microcosm of the nearby riparian corridor. A green roof covers the lunchroom, providing a literal and symbolic connection to the land. The central opening is an intuitive entry to site and looks back through the aperture to distant hills and the gap through which the Yakima River passes. The entire interior office space opens up onto the courtyard allowing everyone visual access to the space. The entry walk is elevated slightly above the adjacent landscape giving the impression of a boardwalk and further strengthening the landscape’s connection to water.