We talk a lot about the new look of offices—open-plan, flooded with natural light, multi-use spaces. Often, though, designers and architects don’t take that idea to the next level, instead creating spaces that still very much retain the old aesthetic that leans toward the institutional and bland. For a recent project by Studio O+A, a San Francisco–based interior design studio, the team pushed the envelope, creating offices for the online firm Zazzle in Redwood City, California, that are lively and inviting.
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Take an exclusive look at Obscura Digital's design for Emergence (2013) event happening tonight, April 17, and tomorrow night, April 18, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Behind the Scenes: Emergence (2013) Obscura and Exploratorium from Obscura Digital on Vimeo.
If you happen to be in San Francisco tonight or tomorrow night (April 17 or 18) try to make it to the Exploratorium in its brand new home at the historic Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. To celebrate the grand opening of the beloved science, the creative technology firm Obscura Digital was tapped to transform the building’s façade into a dynamic visual event for the next two evenings.
The University of California, San Francisco campus is set on Mount Sutro, west of downtown San Francisco. The location affords a sweeping view of the city, but the campus has had very little room to grow beyond its collection of fifties and sixties towers because of the steep hillside. New York based-architect Rafael Viñoly Architects recently finished the new Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The $123 million building, is a series of split-level floors with terraced grass roofs and solar orientation. Open labs flow into each other, with office and interaction areas located on the circulation route between the labs, allowing for the entire research community in the building to interact. The Institute has been dubbed the Dolby Building by students and faculty.
The Belles Townhomes are San Francisco's first LEED Platinum-certified multi-family housing units, and they are the only newly constructed residential buildings in the city's historic Presidio district. LivingHomes collaborated with Kieran Timberlake to design the seven unit residential building, located right next to the Presidio Landmark on some of the most beautiful land in the city. The project is made up of seven three-story attached units overlooking a shared central green in front of a wooded area. Each three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit includes its own garage, patio and rooftop deck.