SE Yoga Studio

Portland, OR

575 SF

Serenity is only a few steps away.
Re-zoning allows old sites to be reinvigorated with a new sense of purpose. At one point, this residential property with a 100-year-old home and detached garage was rezoned for commercial use and the home was repurposed for a doctor’s office. In order to further support patient wellness, the client wanted to transform the detached garage into a yoga studio.
The SE Yoga Studio features a large bi-fold door that opens to an outdoor patio.

The site plan for the SE Yoga Studio shows the location of the yoga building in relation to the parking lot and main office.

Peacefully nestled below the old fir trees

Being mindful of the strict preservation requirements of three giant trees on the property, the building was expanded, and patio areas were added to enhance connectivity to the parking lot and clear wayfinding to and from the doctor’s office.

The west-side expansion supports the addition of a half bath, a locker room area with a bench and hooks, and a storage wall. A window wall on the north side was replaced with bifold doors to create spillover outdoor space for classes or gatherings.

The thoughtful indoor-outdoor design gives this small building a greater presence on the site and reinforces the wellness intent. 

The GIF shows the demolition and reconstruction of the SE Yoga Studio.
The SE Yoga Studio features a vaulted ceiling at the interior.

The interior features vaulted ceilings, skylights, sleek light fixtures, and a hardwood floor over the original concrete. A well-appointed storage wall provides ample space for yoga blocks, balls, bands, and mats. 

This small space shows how a simple, carefully considered design can create the perfect setting for serenity.

When the bi-fold doors are opened, activities can spill out to the patio, more than doubling the usable area.