48 'Project Updates' posts:

June 1, 2018

RDC/Studio111 Office Wins Calibre Design Award

International Interior Design Association Southern California Chapter hosted their 2018 Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 18th, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We are happy to announce that our lighting design project, RDC/Studio111 Office, won in the Work-Medium Category at the Gala Event! Congratulations to RDC/Studio111, and a special thanks for including us as part of the design team.

You can view all the winning projects here!

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May 21, 2018

Saks Brickell Stars in Hip Hop Music Video

Can you spot the Oculus lighting design project, Saks Brickell Miami, in Drake’s new music video for his hit single, God’s Plan? We sure did!

Around 2.28 mins into the video try and catch Drake inside the luxury department store as he giving away his entire music video budget to his fans, we thought it was pretty cool!

We can’t blame this spot for being chosen… the twinkling of the ceiling downlights and chandeliers are a great backdrop for the hip hop star and of course the lighting needed to  be ‘camera ready’ for the music video set.

Watch it for yourself!

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April 30, 2018

March 27, 2018

Urban Makeover of Historic Culver Studios

Collaborating with architect Gensler, Oculus is excited to be involved in the redesign of the historic Culver Studios to transform into a contemporary urban campus. The impressive future tenant was announced as Amazon Studios and its affiliated creative firms. Tech and now media-streaming giant, Amazon will be leasing 280,000 sf of space at the 14-acre campus located at 9336 Washington Blvd.

There will be some updated design with new construction, yet the more iconic buildings will remain intact and be utilized by the new tenant. The overall lighting design will reflect some of the studios’ golden movie-age roots while providing a contemporary feel, and will help in beginning a new chapter in this studio’s rich history!

March 6, 2018

The Very Anticipated Burbank Commons

This new Burbank center is offering up a lot of potential, from family-friendly gathering spot to corporate event space. Not too mention beer fans will be ecstatic with the craft breweries moving in!

According to this recent Los Angeles Times article, “The proposed project would involve demolishing the existing 70,000-square-foot former AmeriCold cold storage warehouse and replace it with 33,000 square feet of event space, a roller rink, 19,000 square feet of restaurant, craft beer pub, café and special-event space and about 47,000 square feet of outdoor space where the public can congregate and eat.”

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February 7, 2018

Recent Projects Up On Site!

A few new good ones up on the website, including a music-lovers dream work space, a hip and collaborative design firm with a Platinum LEED certification and an immersive “Store of the Future”. Check them out on our projects page!

Fender HQ, Los Angeles, CA

RDC/Studio 111 Offices, Long Beach, CA

AT&T Store of the Future, San Francisco, CA

November 20, 2017

October 18, 2017

Riley Rose is a Candy-Colored Retail Dreamland

Meet Riley Rose! This new candy-colored beauty store concept offers up everything from skin care to makeup to home decor. The new store brand comes from daughters of the Forever 21 founders, well known for selling the latest fashion trends and Riley Rose is no exception. Not to mention, most of their beauty products come from cruelty-free beauty brands!

The store caters to younger generations using ‘millennial’ pink in its palette and creating store installations that are ‘Instagrammable’. According to a recent Bustle article, “That’s how Riley Rose plans to set themselves apart from the Sephoras and the Ultas. It’s more than just beauty shop — they see themselves as a “lifestyle store.”

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October 4, 2017

Mississippi Aquarium, Already Making a Splash!

Get excited about the new Mississippi Aquarium scheduled to open in the spring of 2019! The new family-oriented aquarium is already making headlines as one of the most anticipated projects to come into fruition at the downtown Gulfport.

With both elaborate indoor and extensive outdoor exhibits, the family oriented tourist attraction will feature an array of marine life, dolphins included!  But the first attraction in the changing exhibit gallery, will be penguins!

This is one of many ongoing aquarium projects for Oculus; click here to read about our lighting design for the Georgia Aquarium Sea Lions Exhibit and Show.

September 20, 2017

August 31, 2017

August 22, 2017

August 14, 2017

More on REI’s Flagship Store in Washington, DC

Since its opening back in October, more keeps on being written about REI’s flagship store in Washington D.C., as with this latest article in the August issue of VMSD!

Housed in the Washington Coliseum, this structure holds a pretty amazing past that ranges from serving as a professional hockey rink to the site of the Beatles’ first U.S. concert. The new store celebrates the building’s history while also attracting a hip crowd. What makes this store particularly distinctive is its focus on giving back to the surrounding community that extends beyond catering to the most adventurous of us, with a bike parts & repair shop, a new cafe and plenty of communal hangout space with fire-pits!

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May 18, 2017

Just Woonerful!

Have you heard of a Woonerf before? In case you haven’t, it is a Dutch term for a living street that includes shared space for pedestrians and automobile users alike. Check out this article to find out more about the world’s first Salmon Safe certified and environmentally friendly Woonerf that surrounds the new Arbor Blocks Development in Seattle, that we are proudly helping to design alongside Graphite Design Group and Hewitt Architects, Inc..

The Arbor Block Development, home to Facebook ‘s Seattle office, will boast its own green philosophy with the incorporation of green roofs, bioretention planters, water efficient irrigation, and a building design meant to preserve light and air for the existing sweet gum tree canopy along 8th avenue.

March 30, 2017

Grand Opening of RDC and Studio One Eleven Office

Yesterday marked the exciting unveiling of the Retail Design Collaborative/Studio One Eleven Space in Long Beach, CA.  Oculus was happy to serve as lighting designers for the office, especially since we’ve had the opportunity to work with both groups on a great variety of projects since our inception.   The office itself is around 30,000 sf and exudes a welcoming, industrial yet creative vibe from the start.  Oculus employed two main strategies in order to break up the space. The first are long, slender linear fixtures that lead the eye inwards, welcoming guests to the reception and social gathering areas such as the kitchen.  The second was to utilize industrial high bays over the open work space in order to deliver more uniform light over desk areas.  Additionally, all vertical surfaces are illuminated not only to show off special features such as colorful art and green walls, but also to subtly balance daylight from the glazing at the offices’ street frontage.

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March 20, 2017

Architizer on Los Angeles LGBT Center

Architizer reported today that over the weekend the Los Angeles LGBT Center broke ground and officially began construction!  The new Anita May Rosenstein Campus is located on McCadden Place and Santa Monica Boulevard, and is designed by architecture firm Leong Leong.  the article describes it as “a much-needed project that’s been a long time coming.” The center will connect with the group’s existing arts and education facility, and will support administrative offices, retail space, and cultural events space; all unique uses that proved a challenge in the building’s design. The architect acknowledges this challenge, stating that “In other words, the main challenge for the architects was to discover how all these different programs could co-exist in one structure. To do that, they had to redefine what it means to design for youth, gender and multigenerational living, among other variables.”

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March 1, 2017

February 13, 2017

Google Venice Awarded Gold LEED Rating

Today Oculus was pleased to hear that the Google Venice Project, including the Google Landscape, has been awarded a Gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. We recognize the importance of environmentally conscious design, so we are proud to have collaborated with both Gensler and Google to achieve the second highest level of LEED certification. Congratulations to the team!

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rigorous program created to promote more sustainable architectural and civil design, starting from the planning phase and continuing through construction to building maintenance and operation.

February 7, 2017

February 1, 2017

Architectural Record on Temple Israel of Hollywood

Architectural record published a particularly thoughtful piece today on the Temple Israel of Hollywood design by KoningEizenberg.  What is especially unique about the article is it’s in depth look not only at the history of the building, which is impressive having hosted such speakers as Martin Luther King, Jr., but also takes a look at the process leading up to the design of the new space itself.  It describes how the original temple space has a sort of dark, theatrical feel to it and how the new building needed to both compliment the old structure but also look to the future to serve modern needs of the congregation.  After  a great deal of thought and an indepth study of cultural symbolism, KoningEizenberg came up with the current design, one that the article touts as “Light-filled, the chapel plays against the original building’s darkness, contrasting an open and casual spirit with the main sanctuary’s more introverted and heavy formality. “Its’s a constant dialogue,” says Eizenberg. “The old solidity speaks of the past, whereas this sense of the ephemeral brings one into the moment.”

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