We’re excited to share that Gentry Home has awarded Fuse Architects their gold prize in sustainability for the Verve Seabright Roastery as part of their inaugural Design Excellence Awards. Check out the most recent issue of Gentry Home to learn more about the awards, and head over to the project page for the Seabright Roastery to learn more about that project.
Fuse Project Manager and photographer Russ Simpkins returned to the Universal Audio Headquarters a few weeks ago, capturing images of the lobby, Blue Stripe Lounge, Cloud Services Department, and Studio 610 (the Universal Audio equipment testing studio).
The project, completed in 2013, provided a great opportunity to create a signature space for an award-winning company. The 70,000-square-foot tenant improvement integrated the technological needs of the company with their passionate culture, showcasing both their Grammy-winning history and their continued prowess in recording technology.
Not only was the Fuse team excited to see how well the space fits the company, but Russ - an avid drummer and recording enthusiast - was able to experience firsthand the processes behind some of the greatest recordings of all time.
Check out the new project page for Universal Audio to see all of the images from the shoot!
Gentry Home Magazine - a Bay Area luxury home and lifestyle magazine - recently featured Teresita on the cover of their May/June 2016 issue. An 8-page article tells the story of the project and how owners Heather and Dave Maggetti - of Maggetti Construction - came to build their dream home in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with accompanying photos by Russ Simpkins.
We were extremely fortunate to be a part of the Maggettis’ project, and seeing their home in print is an exciting reminder of the fulfilling relationships behind our work. We hope you’ll take some time to check it out!
You can see the Gentry Home digital edition here
Across the street from the famed Surfer Statue and Steamer Lane on West Cliff Drive, the Shrine of Saint Joseph in Santa Cruz sits among gardens and cypress trees with views of Monterey Bay and the Santa Lucia Range beyond. Local parents dropping off children for school, surfers headed for dawn patrol sessions at the Lane, and visitors from around the world all pass the Shrine throughout the day.
As a means to welcome the community through their doors, and to promote a “culture of encounter” within the Church, the Oblates of Saint Joseph asked Fuse to design a new non-profit, third-wave coffeehouse within an existing meeting space in the Shrine. Drawing on Saint Joseph’s occupation as a carpenter, the design for the cafe space evokes images of a woodshop, with stacks of wood end grain extending out to become the coffee bar and the beams above.
As the design phase neared completion, the Oblates learned that two of their huge Monterey Cypress had become unsafe and needed to be taken down to protect an elementary school on their grounds. The wood from the trees was saved and used for all of the wood in the cafe, intertwining the story of the site with the story of Saint Joseph in extending the work of the church.
With construction slated to begin in the not-too-distant future, the whole project team can practically smell the coffee brewing.
If you’re interested in learning more about the project, or in aiding their ongoing fundraising efforts, be sure to check out the Shrine Coffee website.
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Townsend makes a quick run to the grocery store, Gomez fires up the grill, and the rest of the team clears some space on the main table between the check sets and material samples. Corralitos Sausages sizzling on the grill and rapid-fire ping pong rallies replace the usual sounds of keystrokes, conference calls, and Alabama Shakes Pandora.
On the first Friday of each month, the Fuse team sets aside conflicting schedules to spend lunch together. We eat good food, relax a bit, and talk about everything from current projects to weekend plans. It’s not just hang-out time, and it’s not just team coordination: it’s an opportunity to take the pulse of the firm, with the added benefit that we all like spending time together.
Taking this time has become invaluable to our work process. Brainstorming solutions and sharing similar experiences is a big part of First Friday, providing a resource for each of us to be better problem-solvers in our own right. Plus, it’s another reason to enjoy coming to work: not only do we get to work on great projects in a beautiful place, we also get to do it in the company of a supportive team of people we like.
Except, ya know, after Russ beats all of us at ping pong. Then there’s serious resentment involved.
Here at Fuse, we’ve always prided ourselves on the finished buildings we create. In fact, that’s a big reason we began doing construction: we wanted to ensure that we could achieve the same level of quality in execution that we demand of ourselves during the design phases.
Nonetheless, for various reasons, some projects have never made it to completion. The Dans refer to these unrealized designs as their “Spiritual Bank Account,” with the implication that the time hasn’t been wasted and the ideas haven’t been forgotten, they are just solutions to bear in mind when future projects bring similar challenges.
Including commercial developments, public competition entries, and private homes, the Spiritual Bank Account tells an important part of the Fuse Architects story: as much as we prize our finished projects, ultimately the work that we display in our office is about living ideas. The models, sketches, and renderings of these projects are displayed throughout our office right alongside the completed work, acting as reminders and inspirations.
To see more of our works in progress, check out the Design & Ideas section below:
Early morning surfers, East Cliff dog walkers, and the Fuse Construction team all watched with bated breath on Friday morning as a custom steel serpentine staircase was brought in through the front wall of the Pleasure Point House. Moving the stair into place required the 15-ton crane to maneuver across the front yard and into the house itself, holding the stair in position while the construction team fastened it in place.
Fabricated by Aaron Van De Kerckhove and the talented team at SculptureTech, the 2,500-lb stair is a striking feature in the entry to the house. The stringer - comprised of continuous rolled steel panels welded together - winds 90 degrees in each direction on its way to the second floor.
This stair will be the centerpiece of a modern face lift to this premier location on Pleasure Point. Stay tuned for more exciting developments at the Point!