The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced the winners of its prestigious 2017 Design Awards for Los Angeles and Long Beach/South Bay. The projects listed below incorporated Oculus’ lighting design and how lucky are we to have been able to collaborate on such a fantastic range of community enhancing spaces! Check out the photos to get a glimpse of each along with a few of the jurors’ comments!
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October 18, 2017
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.”
October 4, 2017
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!
September 20, 2017
Congratulations to Studio One Eleven and RDCollaborative for recently receiving a Platinum LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Oculus Light Studio was happy to contribute by designing the offices’ sustainable and energy-efficient lighting. This is certainly a difficult feat to receive the highest of certification ratings as only 6% of LEED projects actually achieve Platinum certification!
August 31, 2017
A recently completed retail project in Toronto, Canada by Oculus Light Studio and CallisonRTKL architects, Roots is a unique shopping experience. The new store celebrates the background and handcrafted nature of this Canadian sportswear brand while including unique features such as a leather customization workshop and a woodland inspired fitting room lounge.
Read more about it in this article!
August 22, 2017
A diverse range of new projects are up on our website, a sunny park with a living room, a colorful tech hub, and a unique banking experience. Check them out on our projects page!
August 14, 2017
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!
May 18, 2017
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
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.
March 20, 2017
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.”
March 1, 2017
Now that our awards submissions are done, we have some new projects up on the Project page! Check them out, below:
February 13, 2017
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
The Metro connection from the Bloc to the 7th avenue station is finally open to the public! The event was both festive and pun-y, with officials using mallets to knock down actual blocks to provide access to the Bloc as shown in this video from the Bloc’s Facebook Page.
February 1, 2017
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.”
January 15, 2017
It is always good to start a new year off with some reflection of past achievements, so Oculus is particularly pleased to share some new photography here on the site. From a trendy home appliance store to a space where tech giants go to get some fresh air to a theatrical space for sea lions (and their animatronic friends), the team is proud of these spaces and what they will bring to their respective communities.
January 5, 2017
Drago Ristorante, located in Mid City at the Petersen Museum, is open! The restaurant is the next installment in a line of Los Angeles Italian classic eateries and follows in the footsteps of Drago (formerly of Santa Monica), Il Pastaio, Celestino, and Drago Centro in Downtown LA. The space was designed by FKA, and is described in Eater LA as being “in line with the Petersen Automotive Museum‘s new exterior aesthetic, with clean swooping lines and an international look by Felderman Keatinge + Associates. Stanley Felderman and co-designer Nancy Keatinge call it a “Streamlined modernism” melding traditional and contemporary elements”, which is a quality that is reflective in the food itself.
Oculus was so happy to design the lighting for this fun, airy space and the team cannot wait to go for a visit! Please enjoy the photos below from the Eater LA Article!
December 12, 2016
Zumtobel released a case study on our Legendary Entertainment project located in Burbank, CA. Designed by Felderman Keatinge and Associates the offices are for the well-known entertainment giant, and as such had to be creative, modern, reflective of the brand, and environmentally conscious. Oculus was able to utilized some of Zumtobel’s products on the project, with visual and concealed lighting elements.
Zumtobel were helpful through the entire process, by helping not only in the specification of the custom finished Ondaria pendant and surface mounted luminaires but also by assisting the project team answer the City Inspector’s questions by providing on-site visits in conjunction with the local representative, LightBuildDesign.
We look forward to working with the project team again!
Read the full case study on Zumtobel’s website.
December 2, 2016
We’ve been working hard to collect more photography of our work lately, so please follow the links below to learn about them!
November 3, 2016
We are excited to have the chance to share even more photography of our projects on the site! The first is a newly designed area at the historic Temple Israel of Hollywood. What makes this project really unique is the ceiling detail designed by KoningEizenbergArchitecture that seems to flow with movement from one room to the next. For a totally different design style, we’ve also featured photography on two restaurants that we worked on for Boyd Gaming, one in Vegas, NV and the other in Vinton, LA. Both are classic designs with opposite approaches: while one features jewel tones and lush fabrics the other is mono-chromatically cool and bright. Follow the links below and check out some of our work!
October 18, 2016
We are proud to announce that the REI flagship store located in Washington DC in the historic neighborhood near Union Station is opening it’s doors this week! We have had the opportunity to work on a few different REI locations with CallisonRTKL, but this store was really special with high concrete ceilings, a unique outdoor meeting area complete with string lights, and a coffee shop-like feel that the designers hope will inspire customers to sit and “plan their next adventure”. The lighting was designed to be unique to the store, but still carry consistent elements from new REI stores from around the country with the inclusion of LED high-bays and LED track lighting.