“It is a deep honor to be trusted by the farmers of the Tillamook Cooperative to design their new visitor experience. Our hope is that the new building and the experiences visitors have within will become part of the Tillamook story – a story that is about high-quality products, but also about the Tillamook farmers and employees themselves. We could not be more excited to be part of Tillamook’s future.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal – Architecture
Architect: Olson Kundig
Location: Tillamook, Oregon, USA
Status: Built; Completed June 2018
Project Size: 42,800 SF
Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal – Architecture; Alan Maskin, Design Principal – Exhibits; Marlene Chen, AIA, LEED® AP, Project Manager; Ming-Lee Yuan, AIA, Project Architect; Michelle Arab, ASLA, Landscape Architect; Laina Navarro, Interior Design; Daniel Renner, Jerome Tryon and Phil Turner, Architectural Staff; Juan Ferreira, Architectural Staff – Exhibits; ChiaLin Ma, Landscape Architecture Staff; Francesca Krisli, Interiors Staff
Key Consultants: Precision Construction, General Contractor; GHD, Civil Engineer; CIDA, Structural Engineer; CEI, Mechanical Engineer; Cundiff Engineering, Electrical Engineer; Olson Kundig, Interior Design; Olson Kundig, Landscape Architect; Niteo, Lighting Design; BRC Acoustics, Acoustical Engineer; Karen Braitmayer, Accessibility Consultant; RDH, Building Envelope; Code Unlimited, Code Consultant; The Friday Group, Specifications; Formations, Exhibit Fabricator; Studio SC, Graphic Design; Rand Associates and Ellipse Studio, Content Development/Writing; Lovett Design and Owen Davey, Illustrators
Through architecture, interactive exhibits, landscape design, and custom furnishings, the new Tillamook Creamery is designed to illustrate the story of Tillamook’s mission and origins. Located adjacent to the existing manufacturing facility, the new 42,800-square-foot facility contains exhibits, a retail shop, a restaurant and ice cream counter, allowing Tillamook to share their traditions, processes and products with 1.3 million visitors every year.
Drawing on Tillamook’s agricultural origins, the visitor experience consists of a modern barn structure with a simple shed roof and an adjacent landscape of grasses, shrubs and trees native to the Oregon coast. The building’s form is both inviting and logical, with an exposed structure and a high degree of transparency throughout. Inside, the exhibits provide an in-depth look at dairy farming on the Oregon coast, as well as the high degree of pride Tillamook’s farmer-owners and employees have taken in their work since the cooperative’s founding in 1909.
“For Tillamook, we designed the opportunity for visitors to make a connection between the food on their plates and the story behind it. It was a chance to tell previously untold stories of Tillamook’s 109-year history – the creamery, its cows, its farmer-owners, and the high-quality products they produce.” –Alan Maskin, Design Principal – Exhibits
Olson Kundig is a collaborative global design practice whose work expands the context of built and natural landscapes. Led by five owners, the firm’s work can be found in more than fifteen countries on five continents, with projects ranging from cultural and museum projects to exhibition design, commercial and mixed-use design, private and multi-family residential, hospitality projects, places of worship, interior design, product design and landscape design.