City San Francisco, CA
Size 24,157 sf
Team Perry Stephney, Rachelle Meneses, Sam Offringa, Patrick Bradley, Katelyn Nemnich, Brianna Bernstein, Donald Koide, Olivia Ward
Photographer Emily Hagopian
To accomplish the transformation, O+A’s designers executed a complete stripping back of the existing space’s Victorian touches, crown molding, etc.. The initial impact is of a work in progress occupied and set in motion before it’s quite finished—rough brick, exposed ceilings, steel studs framing non-existent walls. But of course it is finished—the “roughed up” textures are carefully achieved. Those steel stud partitions were never meant to hold drywall; they’re designed to support shelving and writeable surfaces.
LiveRamp is a textbook example of how a tight budget and short-schedule set the stage for a less-is-more aesthetic. This project was completed in three months from start to finish. Its design character emerged from creative use of color and graphics and from the consistency of its “finished-to-unfinished” concept. Even the paint scheme demonstrates that dynamic. LiveRamp’s office is U-shaped with the entrance at the center of the curve. At that entry point the palette is warm and consistent, almost monochromatic, but as you proceed along the two arms of the U the color choices fragment —cool and neutral hues intervene.
For this project O+A specified Coalesse’s newest standing-height table (among other Coalesse pieces). These tables were the manufacturer’s first from the factory and were hurried along to make LiveRamp’s deadline. Another demonstration of appearing to draft a design into service before it was quite finished—except, of course, that it was and like the space as a whole, finished beautifully.