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who Architect: Boor Bridges
Architecture, Inc. Project
team: Seth Boor, AIA, principal/
project architect; Bonnie Bridges,
AIA, principle/designer; Sarah
Fucinaro, AIA, designer. Interior
Designer: Geremia Design.
Interior design project team:
Lauren Geremia. Contractor:
Skyline Construction, Mark
Trento, Gabe Delgado, Al
Gonzales, Mike Mertz. Lighting:
Revolver Design, Michael Webb.
Engineering: Structural Design
Engineers, Jack Laws. Kitchen:
Christensen Consulting, Peter
Christensen. Graphics: New
Bohemian Signs. Acoustician:
Charles M. Salter Associates,
Inc., Christina Miyar.
what Paint: Benjamin Moore.
Laminate: Walnut and Copper
Panels with Echo Eliminator.
Resilient flooring: Polished
Concrete. Carpet/carpet tile:
California Carpet Tretford
Rug, Interface. Ceiling: Fabric
Sail Installation by Geremia
Design, Echo Eliminator Panels.
Recessed lighting: Cree
industrial: High Density RGB LED
strip light. Aluminum strip light
Channels: EL-KLUSCHAN Fine
one of the strategy meeting
rooms within the core of the
building is clad in washed
black walnut walls with copper
accents. the diagonal bracing
of the building itself is
By John Czarnecki
and Boor Bridges
files, design expertise
photography: kathryn barnard/restoration hardware
Light Series. Floor/table lamps:
Twiggy Floor Lamp. Pendants/
chandeliers: Roll & Hill Excel
Chandelier, Bluff City pendant,
Square Boon by moooi, Knotty
Bubbles by Lindsey Adelman,
Delta I by Rich Brilliant Willing.
Sconces: Dioscuri by Artemide.
Doors: DORMA 150 AGILE.
DORMA. Window treatments:
seating: Herman Miller Aeron.
Conference seating: Knoll,
Alias Chair, Herman Miller.
Modular sofa by Geremia
Design, Jehs+Laub Lounge
Chair, Landeeca Armchair, Taylor
Scoot-Milano Sectional, Herman
Miller, B&B Italia Le Bambole 07,
Knoll, Jayson Home Ottoman.
Cafeteria/dining seating: Knoll.
Seating: Restoration Hardware.
Conference tables: Custom
by Alexis Moran, Big Daddy
Spoon Table Kartell. Reception
desk: Custom by RMR
construction. Side tables: HD
Buttercup, Anzfer Farms C Table,
reused circular bench. Office
desk: Ohio Design. Architectural/
custom wood-working: RMR
Construction, Tom Funke.
Planters: Presidio Foliage.
Signage: New Bohemian Signs.
Elkay, True, GE.
within the lobby, the design
of a custom, three-story
traction and counter-weight
elevator made from steel and
glass was inspired by one in
the bradbury building in Los
angeles. artificial olive trees
shade the second floor
walkway, calling to mind
a french park.
Restoration Hardware, the San Francisco–based chain, has
repositioned its brand from a nuts-and-bolts home and lifestyle
store into a high-end boutique selling luxurious, European–inspired
furnishings. When the company searched for real estate in Boston’s
Back Bay neighborhood, it opted for a property with a pedigree—The
Gallery at the Historic Museum of Natural History. A Restoration
Hardware megastore debuted this spring within the 40,000-squarefoot space, which was once occupied by The New England Museum
of Natural History.
Decades ago, the three-story brick structure housed a range
of natural specimens, including whale bones and aviary displays.
Designed in 1862 by William G. Preston, a prominent Boston architect,
the museum eventually morphed into a retail complex; a branch of the
department store Bonwit Teller occupied the space from 1949 until
1989, when Louis Boston, a local clothier, moved in. Adjacent Newbury
Street has grown as a retail hotbed in recent years, and Restoration
Hardware and the designers took advantage of the prime location.
anticipating the future of the cloud
The latest Dropbox office occupies a linear ,74,000-square-foot single
floor, previously built for a biotech company, atop the historic China
Basin Landing building, a warehouse located just southwest of the
Giants’ AT&T Park. Dropbox currently employs more than 200 and
plans to expand to more than 400 employees by 2015. “Dropbox’s rapid
growth rate as a business was a big challenge for our design,” Geremia
says. “We had to think about what Dropbox as a company would need
in the future, and keep a sense of flexibility in the design for the
company to grow into.”
Like her clients, Geremia is a young creative who is suddenly
receiving considerable attention. Recognized in a recent Forbes list
of 30 Under 30, Geremia has designed 14 restaurants and bars, many
of which are the cool places to be in San Francisco, as well as offices
for burgeoning tech companies Instagram (now owned by Facebook)
and YouSendIt (now known as Hightail). Geremia capitalizes on her
understanding of the zeitgeist of the moment in San Francisco,
where youthful creativity, technology, and commerce are colliding.
Geremia connected with Seth Boor and Bonnie Bridges of Boor
Bridges Architecture because of their similar approach to projects and
navigating historic preservation regulations and codes
James Gillam is a founding partner of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger
Architects, a San Francisco firm that has overseen Restoration
Hardware’s ambitious expansion. His firm, known for designing wineries
in Northern California, as well as residential and hospitality projects,
served as the design architect for this store in Boston. Bergmeyer
Associates, Inc., was architect of record, and senior principal Joseph
Nevin, who is well-versed in preservation as well as retail design,
worked closely with Gillam to oversee the building’s massive restoration.
Because the structure was a historic property, standards for the
restoration of the exterior were stringent and scrutinized by the Back
Bay Architectural Commission (BBAC) as well as the Beacon Hill
Homeowners Association. The architects solved structural and code
issues to be able to modify the interior spaces of the building, including
the subterranean level that now features the RH Baby and Child
product line, and the removal of mezzanine floors installed by a
previous tenant. “A lot of time was spent early in the project exploring
who Design Architects: Backen,
Gillam & Kroeger Architects.
Architects of Record: Bergmeyer
Associates, Inc. Architecture
project team: Jim Gillam,
co-founder, Backen, Gillam &
Kroeger Architects; Geoffrey
Garcia, designer, Backen, Gillam
& Kroeger Architects; Joseph P.
Nevin, Jr., senior principal,
Bergmeyer Associates, Inc.;
Rachel J. Zsembery, senior
associate, Bergmeyer Associates,
Inc.; Anthony (TJ) DiFeo, Jr.,
project manager, Bergmeyer
Associates, Inc.; John Noonan,
job captain, Bergmeyer
Associates, Inc. Contractor:
Trainor Commercial Construction.
Consultants: Ross De Alessi,
Exterior Lighting; Bentley
The revival of a Boston landmark
building elevates retail to high art
Management of the cloud is not entirely virtual. It takes actual
people—20-somethings-turned-millionaires, and the tech experts
and salespeople they hire—and physical real estate. For Dropbox,
that means more than two football fields worth of office space in
Founded in 2007, Dropbox is a file hosting service with more than
175 million customers. It recently had a $4 billion valuation from venture
investors, and its co-founders Drew Houston, 30, and Arash Ferdowsi,
27, ranked fourth and seventh respectively in Wealth-X’s list of the
wealthiest 30-and-under “technopreneurs” in the United States.
Houston and Ferdowsi had hired one of their Bay Area contemporaries,
Lauren Geremia and her firm Geremia Design, to design their first office
on a seedy stretch of Market Street. Dropbox quickly outgrew that
location—increasing from a 30-person office to 80 people in less than
two years—and the company called on Geremia again, along with San
Francisco firm Boor Bridges Architecture, to help locate a new office
space and design the interior.
By Melissa Feldman
and Jared Kuzia
design concepts and doing 3D modeling, so when we got further
down the line there were no mistakes,” Gillam says.
Two elevator shafts and a stairway had to be moved to
accommodate a new entrance on Newbury Street, which previously
did not exist. “The engagement of the street and the pedestrians on
Newbury Street was of paramount concern to the BBAC,” Nevins says.
The design team attached an open glass-and-steel pavilion to
the exterior that resolved two issues simultaneously: connecting the
store to the street level while also providing handicap access. Ross De
Alessi, known for illuminating historical and civic projects, created the
dramatic lighting design for the exterior.
After passing under the pavilion, shoppers enter into a grand
lobby space and immediately see a massive counterweight elevator,
also fabricated out of steel and glass. Gillam says a traction elevator
installed in the iconic 1893 Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles
inspired the elevator’s design. Easy navigation through the store was
essential. “The circulation is a continuous loop on each floor, where one
walks through four major rooms at the corners and transitions from
one to another,” Gillam says. “One can experience the building in a
very open manner.”
restored surfaces and new european elements
While the floors on all three levels are concrete and needed little
repair work, the process of plastering the walls and columns, and
restoring their capitals, proved tedious. But Gillam says it was worth
the effort. “It took longer than we thought it would,” he says. “But
when you’re doing high-quality work like this, and working with
historical aspects of the building—uncovering things that have
been covered—it’s time consuming.”
Eighteen-foot antique mirrored archways and a dozen crystal
chandeliers line the second floor, while the corner rooms showcase
bedroom suites. The top floor atrium space now extends up to a
gold-coffered ceiling. A walkway, reminiscent of a French park, is
lined with olive trees, and an illuminated, vintage 24-foot steel Eiffel
Tower was purchased at a Parisian flea market. Four clubrooms on the
top floor consist of a library, a music room with a bar, a billiard hall with
an antique pool table, and a screening room for old movies. A wine bar
will eventually serve wine from a Napa Valley vintner.
“This was one of the most complex projects I’ve worked on,”
Gillam says. “In a nutshell, it was like completing major surgery.” c
Meeker, Interior Lighting;
Structural Engineers; RW
Sullivan Engineering, M/E/P/FP
Engineers; Copley Wolff Design
Group, Landscape Architects;
Kessler McGuiness &
Consultant; Simpson Gumpertz
& Heger, Building Enclosure
Consultant. Drywall install:
Clifford and Galvin Contracting,
LLC. Interior Masonry Wall
Masonry Corporation. Plaster
Restoration: Austin Ornamental.
what Paint: Restoration
Hardware, Benjamin Moore. Hard
flooring: 3-inch concrete topping,
bluestone pavers. Recessed
lighting: Iris Lighting. Track
lighting: Juno Lighting. Task
lighting: Restoration Hardware.
Fluorescent: Linear Lighting,
Elliptipar, GE. Floor/table lamps:
Restoration Hardware. Pendants/
Hardware. Sconces: Restoration
Hardware. Exterior lighting:
Restoration Hardware, GE, IO
LED Lighting, Elliptipar, B-K
Lighting. Doors Hardware: Rocky
Mountain Hardware, Schlage.
Exterior Doors fabrication:
Sunrise Erectors Incorporated.
Interior Hollow Metal Doors:
Black Mountain Door.
Glazing systems at Winder Stair,
Elevator and Newbury Street
Entry Structure by Sunrise
Erectors Incorporated. Window
treatments, seating and tables:
Clifford and Galvin
Contracting LLC, Wood
Connection, Inc. Plumbing
Hardware, Toto, Elkay.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
who Architect and Interior
Designer: H3 Hardy
Architecture project team:
Hugh Hardy, FAIA; Daria
Pizzetta, AIA; Harriet
Andronikides, LEED AP; Jon
Fukutomi; James Sines, AIA,
CS, LEED AP. Interior design
project team: Margaret Sullivan,
LEED AP; Lauren Davino, LEED
AP. Contractor: E.W. Howell.
Lighting: Cline Bettridge
Bernstein. MEP: Icor Associates.
Structural: Robert Silman
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Product Focus: Glow Sticks
Product Focus: A Touch of Yesteryear
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