Congratulations to RAPT for winning Interior Design’s Best of Year Award for the Large Tech Office Category! It was a pleasure working with them on the tech-giant’s newest Orange County location, where each light fixture is individually controllable and also tracks its own usage data, which together create a considerable amount of information across the 91,000 sqft office. Connecting the different floors of the office is a a steel staircase wrapped in perforated acrylic, which catches the light of RGB LED’s running the entire length of the vertical centerpiece. The Google engineers themselves wrote a program based on the Arduino platform to change the LED’s colors as a real-time response to the amount of traffic along the staircase.
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December 23, 2014
Oculus Principal Archit Jain was featured in online lighting design magazine Illumni on 2014 – The Year That Was. Was it brilliant? Was it disappointing? Was it treacherous? Was it unrelenting? Per Archit it was a great year, with growth, exciting projects, awards, fun, and things to learn.
November 20, 2014
Special thanks and congratulations to our architect friends at Shubin + Donaldson for all of our great work on Murad’s first flagship store, recognized as one of “The Most Beautiful New Stores in L.A.”
A combination of recessed linear fluorescent downlights, recessed adjustable accents, and tracklights provide a bright and clean clinical feel without the cold institutional look and with all the warmth of a lifestyle retail store.
October 1, 2014
Our design for AKA Beverly Hill has been featured in the Lighting Today’s July-September issue. Lighting Today is an architectural lighting magazine based in Singapore, and our project appears on page 77 . Click here to read more about the boutique hotel and get a behind-the-scenes look!
August 23, 2014
The second Pirch store designed by Oculus opened in Dallas this week and was covered in the Dallas News. Good aiming at the end of the project is critical, and like the last time, Scott and David spent a total of 24 hours climbing up and down ladders to aim the approximately 1000 adjustable lights in the store (that’s about 500 times each, if you do the math).
August 6, 2014
Congratulations to The Actors’ Equity Association for opening their first audition center on the West Coast! Oculus was commissioned to design the lighting for the converted warehouse in the North Hollywood Arts District where the union representing stage actors, as reported by the LA Times, now has warm-up and audition rooms, mirrored and ballet-barred dance floors, and private changing rooms in its 18,700 square foot space.
Built in 1948, the warehouse which was once used as as bus depot, has 30-ft high bow truss ceilings with skylights. While the skylights provided a generous amount of light, they became concentrated points of light in the ceiling that made the rest of the space feel dark in contrast. New suspended linear fluorescent fixtures help reduce this contrast and bridge the gap between the lower and higher lighting levels of the warehouse, making a more visually comfortable and enjoyable environment.
July 1, 2014
March 25, 2014
Our project, Pirch Glendale has been selected as the A.R.E. Design Awards 2014 Grand Prize winner in the category of Hardline Specialty Store (7,501-25,000 square feet). The project was described as “smart, modern and fresh, from the refined elegance of ceiling elements and linear trough lighting to a white porcelain main floor… ” While we designed the lighting, the overall design was by FITCH, and this is the second top prize for Pirch, which won First Place in a similar category in the Retail Store of the Year competition.
March 18, 2014
March 5, 2014
AKA Beverly Hills received an honorary mention in Interior Design’s “Best of Year” issue, and our lighting design was noted as its “standout” quality: “Perforations in the concrete facade are echoed in the lobby by the constellation of LED-lit oculi hovering over the oak floor.”
February 15, 2014
We are excited to announce that four of our retail projects from the past year have won five first place awards and one honorable mention in Chain Store Age’s 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year design competition.
January 25, 2014
Our project Sperry Top-Sider was featured on the Retail Design Blog and on the cover of Retail Environments Magazine. We designed the prototype and the roll-outs for this new store redesign with our friends in Callison, based in Seattle. The store design is reminiscent of a Nantucket beach cottage with weathered finishes and nautical-inspired collections, as if handed down through generations.
December 30, 2013
Our design for YouTube’s outdoor “Moonlit Theater” has been featured in the landscape lighting segment of Lighting Today’s newest issue. Lighting Today is an architectural lighting magazine based in Singapore and our project appears on page 75 of the latest issue.
September 19, 2013
Oculus’ project, The Law Offices of Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel, was in the news as Callison’s entry to the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter People’s Choice Award. We enjoyed working with Callison’s team on this project, and Goodsill is clearly happy with the design of their space, as it appears prominently on their website.
Good luck to Callison on this entry!
The full entry for all projects is available here.
August 10, 2013
The AT&T new prototypical store was featured in the All Things Digital website of the Wall Street Journal. Oculus collaborated with Callison Seattle on this project. On completing the mock prototypical design, built in full-scale, and fully stocked, Oculus is now working on the roll-outs and further design revisions with the design team.
More posts can be found online:
“AT&T unveils next-generation store design” Chain Store Age
June 27, 2012
Archit was recently featured in Lighting Design + Application magazine this June. The topic was to describe the piece of public works or infrastructure architecture in Los Angeles that you would most like to light. Archit describes lighting the 105-100 freeway interchange…
April 26, 2012
With Lightfair happening in Las Vegas next week, which of the many different seminars should you see? Lighting.com recently posted recommendations from several different lighting designers. Oculus Light Studio Principal Archit Jain recommends Glenn Shrum’s seminar called “Sensory Enlightenment: Light Art and Lighting Design.”