Oakland, California – Long overshadowed by the glimmer of multi-faceted San Francisco, Oakland is rightfully coming into its own as a major cultural destination in northern California. Studio O+A was asked by client TMG Partners to revamp the lobby and shared areas of a multi-tenant commercial building in the heart of the rapidly-shapeshifting city’s uptown – in other words, ‘to refresh old structures for the needs of a new age,’ according to a spokesperson for the studio.
Home to WeWork and other tenants, the Breuner Building is an Art Deco landmark in Oakland, conceived in the 1930s for a furniture company by local architect Albert Roller. O+A’s designers, upon first introduction to the space, were ‘wowed by the enduring beauty of the building’s original details’. Considering the values that have long been attached to Oakland – among them authenticity, hospitality and free-spiritedness – the team set out to create a welcoming interior for the present by highlighting visual language elements of the past.