PIXAR, EMERYVILLE, CALIFORNIA
Nicholas Tamarin -- Interior Design, 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
A 24,000-square-foot industrial warehouse provided the ideal shell for an offshoot of this digital animation giant's nearby headquarters. "We were fortunate that the space had amazing bones," says design principal Collin Burry. Those bones included truss ceilings, exposed brick, and sash windows. What the space lacked, however, was air-conditioning, appropriate electrical service, seismic upgrades—and a design solution. What Burry and his team delivered is an airy, open office that celebrates the building's previous incarnation by restoring it to its former glory. A color palette highlighting the existing materials of brick, metal, and concrete resulted in neutral gray carpet and white walls accented with light fixtures featuring changeable colored gels. Dapper modern furniture completes the crisply graphic look.
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