Overlapping planes and dynamic angles animate this Financial District office suite of a global business consulting firm. Recessed lighting accentuates the distinctive ceiling treatment without detracting from the remarkable San Francisco Bay views.
The headquarters for the fast-growing gaming company occupies nine stories in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. A gamer's paradise, the offices include two six-person competitive gaming rooms, two live-streaming rooms, and references throughout to games and pop culture. A coffee bar and kitchen serve staff and visitors, and an arcade is filled with old-school video games, pinball games and board games.
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This project is the largest headquarters built for this industry-leading high-tech company in the Bay Area. Our lighting team was responsible for designing every single space in the 16-story high-rise building, including all amenities, offices and lab spaces.
Hiram Banks Lighting Design was invited to light the public-facing spaces of this mid-rise Class A office tower located South of Market. A pedestrian alleyway with plantings and artwork cuts through, giving access to the neighboring Transbay Terminal. Inside, a double-height lobby allows access to the upper floors of this, the first LEED Core and Shell Platinum office structure in San Francisco.
We were honored to receive the lighting industry's highest honor, the GE Edison Award, for its work on the Square headquarters project. Read more about this achievement here.
Mobile payments startup Square, Inc.'s new Market Street headquarters is designed to be open and collaborative. With a massive 175,000 SF footprint of usable space and spanning the length of an entire city block, the design team was challenged to make the space feel hospitable while accommodating for future company growth. We worked with the architects to create office interiors echoing the company's core values of modern and functional design.
Lighting plays an important role in determining way-finding and helping to define "communities" within the expansive space, as well as providing the feeling of daylight throughout the floor plate.
2014 GE Edison Award
2014 GE Edison Award of Excellence
2014 GE Edison Award for Environmental Design
2014 IESNA Illumination Award of Merit
2014 IESNA San Francisco Section Award
Located in the heart of San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, this technology firm’s newest office space is meant to inspire forward thinking. The space houses its research and development team as well as special events and product releases. Our team was commissioned to design all spaces in such a way that it would not read as a typical office space.
This elegant, modern office space was created for a Silicon Valley law firm on famed Sand Hill Road. The mix of open and private offices, conference rooms and a cafe/lounge serve both the staff and their clients, drawn from technology companies and investment firms.
Sitting atop a 52-story skyscraper in San Francisco are the renovated and expanded offices of this global investment firm. The building housing this prestigious financial-service firm is a landmark, the second-tallest building in the city and a focal point in the Financial District.
The architects aimed to remodel the interiors into contemporary spaces with pristine materials including expansive wood ceilings and walls, honed stone floors and glass panels. Lighting plays an important role in highlighting the geometric, minimal design approach. Our team dealt with tough time constraints, budget issues and structural challenges to help create this dramatic, memorable space.
Location: San Francisco, California
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Photography: Matthew Millman
2013 GE Edison Award of Excellence
2013 IESNA Illumination Award of Merit
2013 IESNA San Francisco Section Award
2013 IIDA Northern California Honor Award
This ten-story office building is located in a densely built section of Hangzhou, adjacent to a park. Placed above street level, and set apart from surrounding buildings, the slim building has greater presence than might otherwise be the case. The facade is clad in copper, with smaller copper elements framing the windows. A column-free floor plan allows each floor to consist of one large space, arranged like a ring around the central core. Oak clads the core walls and the floors.
The Bank of Hawaii offices in Honolulu are located on the fifth and sixth floors of a windowless building. The lighting design's foremost goal was bringing freshness and openness to the workplace's formerly cavernous appearance. To achieve the desired contemporary feeling, fixtures were used to create a sense of lightness on the ceiling, improving ambient light qualities in the space.
2012 IESNA Illumination Award of Merit
2012 IESNA San Francisco Section Award
United Business Media helps businesses do business by connecting them with a targeted, qualified audience through live events, press releases and other digital and print media. Their culture of innovation and collaboration brings people together around common interests to create value, enhancing their ability to do the same for UBM customers and the communities UBM serves. With that in mind, the lighting design was developed to be perceived as warm, playful and refreshing.
2013 Illumination Award of Merit, IESNA
The new US Bank Tower in Sacramento, California transformed the face of the city and helps define the skyline. The building is located along the Capitol Mall, the premier business address in the region. It is in the heart of downtown and just three blocks from the state capitol. The 25-story Class A high-rise office building features a grand seven-level, open lobby, aluminum and glass exterior and distinctive façade lighting designed to dramatically highlight its crown and flatter the central business district skyline.
2009 GE Edison Award of Excellence
2009 Illumination Award of Merit, IESNA
As one of the world's largest and most active venture capital firms, the client has developed deep domain expertise and insight into its industries of focus. Lighting plays an important role in their office redesign, achieving a clean, refreshing look that respects the simplicity of the architecture.
2009 IESNA San Francisco Section Award
The Symantec boardroom was designed to provide cutting-edge technology for strategy sessions between Symantec's top management and technical executives.
Strict requirements of vertical lighting for video-conferencing and seamless integration with architecture were the lighting designers' initial criteria for creating the backlit ceiling. Challenges included selecting the appropriate diffusing material to optimize the lumen output, avoiding reflection on TV monitors, meeting energy codes, and complementing the refinement of the interiors. Along with the diffusing material, appropriate cavity depth and spacing between fluorescent lamps determined the success of the lighting design. To reduce contrast with the background, the entire perimeter was softly illuminated.
2008 IESNA Illumination Award of Merit
China Basin Landing is located in the South of Market district of San Francisco in an area rich with some of the Bay Area's most prominent communications and technologies firms. The neighborhood has become one of the city's most popular office, retail and cultural locations. To keep up with the transformation of the area, this 1922 landmark went through an impressive renovation which included a two-floor extension on one of the buildings and the remodeling of its six lobbies and an interior courtyard.
Energy efficient and color-changing light set the stage for Cisco's high-tech conference center, used for showcasing products and services to its clients' executives and decision makers. The interactive lighting design contributes to Cisco's message that technology provides "ultimate business solutions" for successful global enterprises. A sophisticated architectural dimming system with user interface enables Cisco to write tailored light shows for the LED ceilings, fluorescent ambient light and individual halogen spot lights, and even turns LCD glass panels foggy or clear to highlight specific products without the constant aid of an in-house lighting designer.
2006 IESNA Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellence
For over 30 years the experts at Filmcore have earned the trust of clients including ad agencies, corporate advertisers, entertainment companies and post-production facilities around the world. For their San Francisco office, a lighting system was designed to respect the simplicity of the architecture, bringing an elegant touch to a rough industrial setting, while dealing with tough time constraints, budget issues and structural challenges.
Location: San Francisco, California
Architect: Melander Architects
Photography: Jody Pritchard