Tillamook Creamery Grand Opening
On June 20, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) opened its new Olson Kundig-designed Tillamook Creamery visitor experience to the public. The design of the new facility was led by Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal – Architecture, and Alan Maskin, Design Principal – Exhibits. Olson Kundig also led landscape and interior design for the project. Wednesday’s grand opening was the culmination of a multi-year project by the farmer-owned co-op to completely redesign and rebuild the visitor center at the Tillamook Creamery. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Pacific Northwest, the Tillamook Creamery expects to host over 1.3 million visitors each year in the new facility.
With this project, we wanted to reference Tillamook’s agricultural tradition with a rational, straightforward building that is true to the experience and history of the farmers who make up the Tillamook Cooperative. 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, Design Principal - Architecture
The number of people who visit Tillamook Creamery has grown significantly over the years, and currently as many as 10,000 people visit each day. The new Tillamook Creamery, located adjacent to the company’s flagship manufacturing facility and headquarters in Tillamook, Ore., offers a significantly enhanced experience for visitors. The new Olson Kundig-designed building was constructed in the same location as the former visitor center, but is more than 50% larger at 42,800 square feet. Designing the architecture, exhibits, landscape, and interiors in unison allowed Olson Kundig to create an inviting place for Tillamook’s growing number of guests. The new, larger facility reflects Tillamook as a world-class dairy brand and will enable TCCA to better accommodate and welcome even more visitors.
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
The new Tillamook Creamery will be open daily from 8am to 8pm during the summer months through Labor Day and then 8am to 6pm during the off-season from Labor Day through mid-June. For more information, visitors are encouraged to check https://www.tillamook.com/.