Skylab The Nature of Buildings

Skylab, Jeff Kovel, Benjamin Halpern


Skylab is the first major monograph of the Portland-based architecture and design studio founded by Jeff Kovel in 1999 and, since then, a leading creative force in the Pacific Northwest. At the vanguard of innovativeand sustainable design, the studio is known for a range of spectacular residences designed for some of the city’s creative leading lights, aswell as music venues and high-profile projects for Nike. Presenting over two decades of work, the story of Skylab is told by several influential contributors through reflective essays, interviews, conversations, and anecdotes.

The book is a covetable object in itself, based on the concept of an album or LP, with inside front- and back-cover gatefolds and nine foldout posters inside the book.




Established two decades ago in Portland, Oregon, Skylab is a band of makers—architects, designers, creators, and entrepreneurs working together across a wide range of landscapes and locations.

Jeff Kovel


Jeff Kovel is the founder and design principle of Skylab Architecture Studio. He has been a leading creative force in the dramatic evolution of Portland over the last twenty years and his work can be found in wildly different contexts, spanning residential, commercial, civic, retail, prefab, museum exhibitions, and music and sports venues.

Benjamin Halpern

Edited By

Benjamin Halpern is an associate at Skylab.