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!
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.
Like their facebook page and give their promo video a view