Knot Springs

Client: Key Development

Location: Portland, Oregon

Size: 9,751 sq ft.


2017 IIDA Oregon Chapter | Design Excellence Awards | Best in Category: Hospitality

Inspired by the natural hot springs of the Alvord Desert, Knot Springs is a wellness focused social club situated within YARD on Portland’s Central Eastside.

The challenge of this endeavor was to balance the peaceful austerity of an oasis in the center of a high energy urban area. To achieve this, the elevated YARD landscape and folded concrete structure flow throughout the baths and gym, represents a carved-out river embankment.

The spa opens up to the landscape, while the club spans both the 4th and 5th levels of YARD, allowing easy movement through a central open air hallway. Overall, Knot Springs’ palette draws inspiration from elemental materials, the pools of water and space are constructed of wood, glass, steel and concrete. Knot Springs walks the line. It is both a sacred space for solo reflection, as well as a shared communal experience centered around health, wellness and social connection.

Environmental Graphics designed by Open Studio Collective. Photos by Maria Lamb, Stephen Miller, and Brian Walker Lee.