Edie Cohen -- Interior Design, 2/1/2013 2:00:00 AM
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| Project Name: Kixeye |
Location: San Francisco, California
Firm: Rapt Studio
Square Feet: 50,000
Since intimidation looms large in Kixeye games — Battle Pirates and Backyard Monsters are examples— Rapt suggested evoking it from the start. Blood-red light columns, reminiscent of full-bodyscanners, mark the entry, on the top floor. Next comes a vintage steel security desk where guests sign a nondisclosure agreement. Only then can they leave this ante room for reception, where they’re greeted by a 7 1⁄2-foot-tall rendering of Kixeye’s logo: a scary stylized unicorn fitted with a single red LED eye, it alludes to gaming cultures, ancient and modern.
All floors are rectilinear in plan: Open workstations line the perimeter, meetin grooms sit at each corner, and private offices are near the core. Each of the two lower floors has a conference room; the boardroom and canteen are on the top floor along with reception.
The palette is predominantly white and gray with occasional shocks of color. Furnishings are a sleek mix of contemporary and classic: seating by Charles and Ray Eames, Don Chadwick, and Yves Béhar; pendant fixtures by Enrico Franzolini and Vicente Garcia Jiménez; flooring of glossy epoxy, checkerboard linoleum, or pixilated carpet tiles. Rapt makes movie references, too: The boardroom’s imposing steel light ring above a huge rectangular table channels the situation room in Dr. Strangelove, while the canteen’s exposed ceiling was inspired by the Ministry of Information in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.
Nabih Youssef Associates: Structural Engineer. Randall Lamb: MEP. Tamalpais Commercial Cabinetry: Woodwork. Dome Construction Corporation: General Contractor.