We’re honored to be featured in Mondo Arc India again– this time, with our projects AKA Beverly Hills, and Mindtree Network Operations Center. Click here to read the full issue.
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January 31, 2016
The Beer Park by Budweiser, located right on the strip and directly under the “Eiffel Tower” of the Paris Las Vegas Casino, celebrated it’s grand opening just in time for Superbowl yesterday, and was covered by Las Vegas Weekly. The article touts the new Beer Garden as having a design that will appeal to both tourists and locals, saying that “the 10,000-square-foot rooftop space actually looks like a park”. With Astro-turf and picnic benches, this restaurant is all about casual, welcoming accessibility; a quality that sets it apart from the rest of the strip dedicated to the glitz and glamour of Vegas.
The party was complete with just-flown-in brews, and a herd of the iconic Budweiser’ Clydesdales to kick of festivities. A big thank you to Gensler for bringing Oculus on as the lighting designers for this festive restaurant! Please read the full article, and enjoy some photos of the opening even, below.
January 6, 2016
We are excited to be working with KoningEizenberg and Combined Properties on this Multi-Use Low rise building located in one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Los Angeles. West Hollywood really is the perfect home for this structure that will include both retail and residential spaces, thoughtful but subtle use of color, and even features a roof deck. The façade lighting highlights the unique architectural elements and utilizes programmable color-changing components.
Construction should be completed this Fall, so keep a lookout for this exciting project and in the meantime click here for the UrbanizeLA Article!
November 10, 2015
If you missed the “The Ten Biggest Lies About LEDs” at Light Show West in October, you’re in luck! The panel discussion was featured on an episode of KCRW’s DnA (Design and Architecture) and summarized in an article published on KCRW’s website.
Oculus Principal Archit Jain participated as one of the panelists and he was quoted describing the current state of LED lighting in our projects: “100 percent of most of our projects are LED lighting, they are the source of the future. Until a couple years ago we had to sell LED lighting to our clients, now our clients are coming to us and asking for LED lighting on our projects, but the challenge we are now facing is that the kind of quality required for a project may not be available at the price the client wants.”
September 1, 2015
From Callison’s website:
“The San Fernando Valley Business Journal annually recognizes the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects in the San Fernando Valley marketplace. A jury selects winning projects from a pool of hospitality, industrial, healthcare, mixed-use, multi-family, office, and retail developments.
Renovation and revitalization of Westlake Plaza and Center included updates to the exterior of five retail shops, the creation of four new retail and restaurant pads, new environmental graphics and site improvements to the hard and softscape.”
We are currently working on Phase II– stay tuned for more updates on the Westlake Plaza and Center!
Photo by W.E. O’neil
August 5, 2015
May 29, 2015
Interior Office Solutions’ downtown LA showroom opened last week. Designed in conjunction with Felderman Keatinge + Associates, the lighting for the showroom is almost all LED and meets the latest Title 24 requirements. A series of design options were studied for the open showroom area, and keeping time and budget in consideration, the Axo Shatter was selected and laid out appropriately in a shatter formation. Stanley Felderman’s art is featured throughout the space.
The opening was recently published in LA Downtown News. Head on over for your favorite office furniture solutions, now available in a beautifully designed—and lit—showroom.
January 30, 2015
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.
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.