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Ketra engaged local artist Aaron Darling
to paint a mural featuring city skylines
that represent the many locations in
which Lutron/Ketra have a presence.
(Image: Ketra)

"The flexibility of our multifunctional spaces has allowed us to readily
adapt to recent events," says Horace Ho, Ketra co-founder and chief
operating officer. "As we start planning how to welcome more people back
to the office, we have been able to adapt our space as the situation evolves."
Among the benefits of the original design that are proving useful as the
pandemic evolves are the open floor plan and flexible design that have
made it easier to spread out desks to achieve the minimum six feet of social
distance and enable every desk to still be utilized.
"The existing office design allows employees to use informal collaboration
areas in pairs or small numbers while maintaining appropriate distance,"
Ho adds, noting, "The large whiteboard walls also facilitate pair or
small-group brainstorming with appropriate distance."
In a building designed by locally based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture,
the HQ interiors are the result of a collaboration among Ho, interior
architect Vlado Pejic (of Ketra's parent company, Lutron Electronics),
lighting and interior designer Cecilia Ramos (also of Lutron), and Austin
firm Urban Foundry Architecture.
The completed project showcases the benefits and abilities of Ketra's lighting
system at every turn. Wide-open spaces and collaborative areas are made
intimate by lighting different zones in different ways, creating spaces within
the space without the barriers of physical walls. And Ketra is using colored
light capabilities to provide a visual reference to designate conference
rooms, also indicating when they are unoccupied. Once an employee enters
the space, he or she has complete control over the lighting conditions
and can choose a hue depending on the ambience preferred for the use
of the room. But the system goes much further than that.

The Collaboration Studio at Ketra HQ
is a multifunctional space that can
accommodate gatherings large and small.
(Image: Ketra)

At a time when health and wellness are at the
forefront of global conversations, Ketra's lighting
system-which was designed to create a
human-centric experience and place focus on
people's wellbeing-offers a ray of hope. At HQ,
the company's own lighting system floods the open
office and provides the same benefits to employees
located towards the center of the office as those
closer to the windows. The overall system also
integrates shades by Lutron, which are semitransparent and allow indoor occupants to have
a view of nature and the outdoors-even when the
shades are fully drawn.
"High-quality light not only enhances the style
of the space but also enhances inhabitants' feelings
within that space," says Ho. "Ketra's Natural Light
solution supports this by following the shifting
color temperature and intensity of sunlight to help
homeowners and guests feel more connected to
nature. Whether helping to inspire productivity
with bright white light throughout the day or
helping homeowners wind down in the evening
with a warm, relaxing atmosphere, Natural Light
can play an important role in how people feel."
As employees physically return to Ketra HQ,
the company has plans to use technology to
showcase its system with social distancing in mind.
Ho says their Collaboration Studio, a multipurpose
gathering space, will be set up "to enable virtual
demos that capture the lighting capabilities and
transition via multiple cameras streamed virtually
with a Ketra tour guide."

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