Kaven + Co. and William / Kaven Architecture recently unveiled additional renderings and a conceptual plan for the proposed redevelopment of Portland’s Broadway Corridor. The conceptual plan, which would provide approximately 5 million square feet of new development, consists of multiple high-rise buildings with a mix of uses that includes retail, office, hospitality and residential.Read More
Portland, Oregon–based William Kaven Architecture (WKA) has revealed the full vision behind the firm’s eye-catching proposal to add a pair of interlinked high rise towers to downtown Portland’s 32-acre mixed-use Broadway Corridor site.Read More
Partner Daniel Kaven discusses the recent USPS site acquisition and the potential it offers in the Daily Journal of Commerce:
"The acquisition by Prosper Portland of the U.S. Postal Service headquarters in the Pearl District was made under the pretext of immediate redevelopment by a yet-to-be-determined private group. These 12 city blocks represent an unparalleled opportunity to recast our strategy for urban design and the brand of our city in the eyes of the world."
Read the full op-ed here.Read More
William Kaven Architecture announces that it will be unveiling a unique virtual reality (VR) experience at the Official Closing Party for Design Week Portland on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The studio is also hosting the premiere event, capping off an inspiring, jam-packed week of design events with a memorable finale and celebration.Read More
PECHAKUCHA ANALOG, DEC. 6, 2016, PORTLAND, OR
Analog is not a process - it is an experience - a reality.
Our work as artists, designers and architects is making The Digital, Analog. We spend our days dreaming up stories and places, building them pixel by pixel in the hope that one day they become something that we can touch and feel and in some cases walk around inside of.Read More
Join us for an evening of PechaKucha (20x20) presentations on Tuesday, Dec. 6th. Reminisce about the days before smartphones and social media, and explore the role of analog practices in today's world. WKA co-founder, Daniel Kaven will be a featured speaker at the event, along side some of Portland’s most inspiring thinkers, designers, collectors and makers. Presenters will share past and present projects that combine analog and digital technologies in their innovative, modern designs.
Grab your tickets here.Read More
WKA will soon have a new home. Envisioned as a 4-story, mixed-use office building located at the SW corner of N Williams Avenue and Mason Street in NE Portland, the project consists of underground parking, ground floor retail, office lobby, and core space, including space for William Kaven’s new headquarters.Read More
WILLIAM KAVEN ARCHITECTURE RELEASES SECOND SHORT FILM IN ONGOING MODERN CONDITION SERIES
William Kaven Architecture announces the release of Camp Minoh, a short film by co-founding partner, Daniel Kaven. Shot at our residential project which is currently under construction, the three-minute film visually explores Camp Minoh in the context of Lake Michigan’s supernatural winter shores.
“The Modern Condition series was born from our desire to communicate our design aesthetic in a much more experiential manner. Too often architecture is relegated to static images, even though the inherent art of architecture is three-dimensional and fluid. In film, one can hear and move from one space to the other, which is much more like living and breathing in a space,” says Kaven.
Located near Charlevoix on the shores of Lake Michigan, Camp Minoh embodies the rugged ethos of the Midwest; a region known not only for its harsh winters, but also for its rich heritage. French trappers, Ojibwa Indians, Chicago mobsters, even Ernest Hemingway had an impact on the culture of the region. The site itself faces north-west towards Beaver Island, at the mouth of Little Traverse Bay. Nestled among the pine and birch trees, Camp Minoh is positioned to face the strong winter winds heading South, across the lake from the Upper Peninsula and Canada. Construction for the project is slated for completion by the fall of 2016.
The film can be re-blogged/embedded from Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/danielkaven/campminoh.
GRAY CONVERSATIONS: "INSPIRED BY TRAVEL: LOCAL DESIGN, GLOBAL INFLUENCE"
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT) Portland, OR
To celebrate and unveil Gray Magazine's June/July travel issue, a jet-setting group of Portland design professionals gathered to discuss how travel inspires them to create. Panelists, including Daniel Kaven, Managing Director of William Kaven Architecture, shared images from their most inspiring trips and discussed the designs that resulted from their fresh perspectives. Read more.
William Kaven is big in Japan. In Subaru Japan's recent ad campaign for the Subaru Outback, Daniel Kaven illustrates the commonality between architecture and car design. Both environments, one static, the other mobile, are created to be fluid, elegant and fun to be in.
In Daniel's own words, "Car design is very similar to architecture. A car is a shelter that moves from point A to point B and architecture is static. What is interesting about cars, is that they are not site specific. They move between sites.."
ELEMENTS is located seventy miles east of Portland, on the outskirts of Mosier, Oregon. Comprised of two stacked rectangular volumes, ELEMENTS stands as an architectural response to environmental extremes.
So often the architectural press gets caught up in the look of a place without considering how it might also feel. The team at William Kaven Architecture seeks to rectify that with a new video of their Elements house in Mosier, Oregon.Read More