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glass windowed entry and twostory glass atrium at the back of
the lobby provided a foundation
to celebrate natural light, human
connection, and vitality.
Goebel Design Group
achieved this goal by highlighting and visually connecting these
two areas, removing as many
walls and barriers to natural
light as structurally and financially feasible. A ceiling redesign,
eliminating lowered soffits and
dropped ceilings, allows sunlight
to fill the space. Wood-wrapped
columns, custom wave-motif
carpet, and a low-maintenance
green wall add energy to the
space, reflecting life and sunlight
from the glass atrium throughout
the lobby. These changes encourage connections and create
unique gathering experiences for
residents and their families. 
The building's entrance now
includes an elegant reception
area, with stunning redwood
paneling and a clear transition in
flooring to establish the entrance
and security expectations for
the community. Now safe and
welcoming, this architectural
greeting evokes pride for the
residents and family alike. 
The dining venue is another critical space for residents,
providing nourishment and
opportunities for social engagement. Previously, the space felt
like an institutional cafeteria.
Rich colors and textures now give
the space a restaurant feel with
different seating options, creating joy for residents as well as
being a lovely space for families
to visit. Enhancing the dining
experience, new server stations
obscure back-of-house operations, dampen ambient kitchen
noises, and allow staff to stay
more engaged with residents and
their guests.  
When built in 2010, the community's " Connections Café " was
intended to be an active interface

between residents and the surrounding Emeryville neighborhood, facilitating art, education,
and culture. Never fully realized
and largely unused, this space
was converted from a corner
coffee shop into a community
classroom introducing versatile
furniture and a new engaging
custom brand to help make this
previously unrealized goal of
greater community interaction
and connection more achievable.
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