UBER HQ San Francisco

Interior design firm Studio O+A who has hired several IAD students in the past six months have unveiled plans for a glassy new mini-campus for Uber in collaboration with Architecture studio SHoP

The two studios were selected by Uber to design its new home in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

The 423,000-square-foot project includes an 11-story tower, connected to an adjoining six-story building with an almost fully transparent facade. Both will occupy currently empty plots on Third Street, divided by a smaller side road.

“At a time when many tech companies are creating campuses far from city centers, Uber has made a commitment in its new home to support the continued vitality of the urban environment and to help complete a thriving mixed‐use neighborhood,” said a statement from New York-based SHoP Architects.

Studio O+A has already designed the interiors for a great amount of Silicon Valley tech firms, including Facebook, AOL and Evernote.

All images via http://www.dezeen.com/

 

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Q-Pot Hair Salon and Residence In Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Interiors architecture & design studio HAO Design has transformed an old multi-story building in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City into a must-visit contemporary hair and beauty salon, housing the owner’s private home on its top two floors. The design has very bold colors, pipelines, concrete and aviation engineering elements that were matched with the owners private art collection creating a very rough yet appealing atmosphere on the ground level — meanwhile, a similar atmosphere continues up on the mezzanine level, where part of the area was made to simulate a boxing ring, From there upwards, the owner’s home begins, with the main living area and kitchen occupying the first floor and the bedroom tucked high up above. A large tree planted on the first floor balcony reaches all the way up to the fourth floor through openings in the facade, adding much needed greenery to the otherwise bare window views.

Photo © Hey! Cheese.

 

Photo © Hey! Cheese.

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IAD Faculty Serena Zanello

Congratulations to IAD Faculty Serena Zanello featured in L’ Italo-Americano. Serena has been teaching commercial and retail design classes in the Interior Architecture & Design department for a few semesters now.

Read her article below or click here 

To learn more about her and her design firm click here

Serena Zanello (right) with Dzoanna Pavulina, one of the students displaying their works at the Spring Show

Serena Zanello (right) with Dzoanna Pavulina, one of the students displaying their works at the Spring Show


From Turin to California, shaping architecture and design through art: Serena Zanello | L’Italo-Americano – Italian American bilingual news source

“Creativity is the way to transform dreams into reality”: there is no better quote we could hope to end our conversation with Serena Zanello during the Spring Show at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Young, Italian, woman, entrepreneur, Serena moved to California a few years ago, after she completed her studies in architecture in Turin. Between San Diego and San Francisco, after working for an Italian company first and an American firm later, she decided to take the challenge of running her own company: Dopamine Design is indeed an example of how the Italian excellence can influence and shape design and architecture in the Bay Area, through knowledge, passion, and interest to keep the Italian side alive.
When did you realize that being an architect was the dream of your life?
Coming from a family of Italian artists, I got close to architecture since my early childhood. At the age of 5, I used to draw architectural sections within big animals. According to my imagination, those animals could turn into real houses, with rooms, stairs, furniture, and decorative items. As for design, I would say I started to express myself using coloured pens to build layouts of spaces, thinking of them as walls or structural elements.
Would you consider your family a source of inspiration?
Indeed, I do. My dad is an artist, so was my mom. In the ‘80s, my dad Roberto first created a workshop for children using puppets, papier-mâché, as well as branches for students to build large-scale pets for the schoolyard. Later on, he began managing different children’s workshops. Like other kids, I learned how to use different materials: I loved Italian terracotta (clay), handmade kites and paper. Nevertheless, our family trips always aimed to visit art exhibitions around Italy and Europe. I spent most of our summers both at the Biennale of Art and Architecture in Venice.
After you became an architect, why did you move to the US?
While I was studying, I had the opportunity to do an internship at Pininfarina Extra in Turin, focusing on Hospitality and Industrial Design. I started to work with them on a full time basis for different projects, like the Turin Olympic Games Torch and few others for the Ferrari brand. I would say that 2006 was the turning point in my life: I was asked to contribute to the Keating hotel design project in San Diego and played a prominent role as design lead managing the project from design inception to completion. Once I experienced the Southern Californian life, I realized that, as an artist, the freedom of creativity was really shaping the business world in America and this was true especially for architecture and design. That’s why I thought this was and is the place which could help my dream come true.
When did the idea of being an entrepreneur become reality?
I began as an independent design consultant and also worked for the Starbucks company. However, I really wanted to express myself and my passion for entrepreneurship in a new way: I decided to launch my own consultancy firm with a partner, Daniel, who shared the same vision of design. As professionals, we both grew in an Italian environment, worshipping attention to details, authenticity, and uniqueness in style.
Your company is called Dopamine Design, a very particular name…
We were inspired by the molecule that mediates pleasure in the human brain. We are striving to keep these incredible molecules busy by creating experiences that we consider a feast to the senses. I believe that our strength is the ability to establish bridges between the world of engineering and science and the one of emotions, pleasure, and senses.
Now you are sharing this vision also with students…
Well, this is the fun part of my job: last year, I started teaching Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. My students have to work on real projects, while I pick clients who look for innovative and fresh ideas coming by young people. I also get my students to do internships with them, so they can practise in a professional environment.
Are you running any special project?
I think one of the most interesting is the collaboration with an Italian company, ALU, based in Bassano del Grappa, in the Veneto region. Together with the CEO, Abramo Manfrotto, we had the idea to take students to Italy to work for them. For three or six months, our students get to experience a completely different culture, living in the medieval town of Bassano del Grappa. I believe this is a great opportunity for them to embark on a different journey, full of diversity, culture, creativity, and unconventional experiences.
What’s next?
As Dopamine, we just signed a contract to produce two lines of furniture. We are very happy of this first milestone, however we are working hard to develop new lines both to sell and use in our architectural projects. By designing projects also for airports and hotels, we understood how important is for architecture to merge with the world of art and embrace the glamour, creative, and innovative vision coming with it.
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John Pawson’s vision for Tel Aviv’s W Hotel

British designer John Pawson has revealed his plans to convert an old convent and hospital in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa port into a hotel and apartment complex for the W hotel brand.

Interior being renovated for the new W Hotel – photograph by Eldad Rafaeli

The hotel bar will be set in the chapel of the former school and will feature stained glass windows, arched ceilings and decorative plaster work, including a small molded dove.

W Tel Aviv – Jaffa Hotel Residences John Pawson

Column detail to be preserved – photograph by Amit Geron

Renderings are by Alex Morris.

 

 

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Acadèmia Altimira in Barcelona

To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, the acadèmia altimira commissioned Spanish creative consultants masquespacioto redesign both the school’s interior and its company branding. the institution, which is located in the Catalan town of cerdanyola del vallés, is geared towards children, teenagers and young adults — a wide audience reflected in the nature of the new identity.

masquespacio rebrands barcelona's acadèmia altimira with interior overhaul

branding was also redesigned as part of the project

Images and text via Designboom.com

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Monday Morning (Afternoon) Photo(s) Bangkok Edition

For today’s Monday Morning Photos we have a project by a Thai design firm party / space / design, have created Villa De Bear, a restaurant in Bangkok, where the design is based around the idea of a European teddy bear factory.

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Villa De Bear By party / space / design

Photos via Contemporist.com

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Meet Your Department Director meeting Online

Dear IAD Students,

Welcome to the Interior Architecture and Design program! We would like to invite you to attend our Meet Your Department Director meeting Online on Thursday, August 27th  at 10:00am. This meeting will be streamed live from our 601 Brannan location in San Francisco. This is a great opportunity for new students to get to know their Department Director, faculty, IAD staff, get acquainted with fellow students, ask questions, and learn more about the BFA and MFA programs.

We hope you are able to attend! Please click on the following link to join the live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2dOtOEnC8A

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Squint/Opera HQ by Sibling Architecture

From the architect. Visualisation and animation studio Squint/Opera render reality every day. SIBLIING’s fit-out for their new Australian headquarters reinforces this trait: physical space and its digital doppelganger confluence in the workplace.

© Christine Francis

Floor Plan

The new office uses the wire frame space of modelling software as real-time infrastructure through the installation of custom-steel grid-mesh. Work spaces are carved out of this matrix to provide a sense of spatial division and privacy while retaining views across the entire studio. Each workstation can be customised by its inhabitant with a catalogue of specifically designed screens, hooks and containers for plants, stationary or personal belongings. Near the windows the grid forms an indoor verandah where staff can meet in various clusters – sitting on bitmapped bright-blue sky seating. Other stools throughout have an artificial blue and purple terrazzo surface applied.

© Christine Francis

© Christine Francis

© Christine Francis

© Christine Francis

Photos: Christine Francis

Text: Archdaily.com

 

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Monday Morning Photo(s)

For today’s Monday Morning Photos we have a look at a project inspired by traditional Chinese landscape paintings by Hong Kong based design firm Panorama.

‘Our projects always tell stories,’ says Horace Pan, founder of Panorama. He’s emphasizing the common thread that runs through the work done by his Hong Kong design firm, whose latest scheme – the Yue restaurant in Chengdu – paints an abstract picture that tells ‘the story of a traditional Chinese landscape painting’. Reflecting the changing perspectives that appear in such masterpieces, the interior of the fusion restaurant offers a multi-perspective experience. To achieve the look they had in mind, Panorama’s design team – Horace Pan, Nick Wong and Kenny Hung – inserted a faceted timber ‘lattice’ into the space. This slatted framework – composed of laths that form triangles of different shapes and sizes – can be seen as a functional envelope that conceals the restaurant’s mechanical systems, but Chinese symbolism grants the lattice a range of descriptions, including ‘an organic though modern landscape’. Panorama gave Yue’s interior landscape a ‘fusionist’ twist to complement the cuisine, using marble, wood veneer and golden finishes. A flock of birdlike objects in white ceramic hovers overhead, and a local artist contributed a large wall panel made of recycled paper and LED lights, adding an extra dash of artistic flavor to the menu. Pan hopes an evening at Yue a word translated as ‘happy’ or ‘pleasant’ will give diners the kind of multi-perspective experience that leads to personal and contrasting interpretations of their surroundings.

Photos Ng Siu Fung, courtesy of Panorama

Text by frameweb.com

 

 

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