When Dockside, a Seattle-based chain of recreational cannabis shops, sought to expand into a rapidly changing neighborhood, the challenge was how to define the brand experience within a growing and shifting cannabis marketplace. Graham Baba Architects’ solution was to redefine the typical shopping experience through the creation of a tranquil and inviting environment—a venue that offers a unique visual identity paired with an educationally focused customer experience.
The project transforms an existing, nondescript one-story building into a 1,930-square-foot shop that retains the footprint and height of the original structure to preserve the neighborhood scale. A new wood trellis and deck define the entry and provide a venue for outdoor gatherings and events. The exterior—composed of dark metal siding and roofing with Corten metal accents—creates a visually quiet presence on a busy thoroughfare. Ample glazing at the entry and street façade produces an inviting level of transparency, reinforcing the image of cannabis as a mainstream product.
Inside, the space is bright and airy, courtesy of light-stained maple and white oak, plywood cabinetry and display cases, and a skylight inserted into the existing roof. Daylight filters through exposed scissor trusses overhead while polished concrete floors provide a clean, no-fuss surface below.
Photo: Andrew Pogue