Top 20 Interior Features - Celebrating 20 Years w/ 20 Favorites

Posted by Christy Le on Jun 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM
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In celebration of our 20 year anniversary, we’re sharing 20 of our favorite things -- from tools to travel destinations and everything in between. 

This month we highlight 20 of Skyline's most requested and unique finishes that guarantee the "wow-factor" in any office space.

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Edison Light Bulbs

These bulbs are the trendiest thing since kale salad.  
From restaurants to offices and even outdoor patios,
these strands can class up any space.

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 Lumosity

 

Bold Paint Colors

An easy and cost effective way to add a POP to any space,
we are digging the come back of bold, vibrant colors.
Eye catching, affordable, effective--what's not to love?

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Tinted Glass + Window Film

Decorated glass office fronts and intricate window film are wildly popular 
to add a hint of privacy, while tying design elements into the overall brand. 

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Lithium Technologies 

 

The Industrial Look

Steel, exposed ceilings, unfinished wood and metal studs give an
industrial feel and we are seeing this look come to life all over the Bay Area.

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 Galvanize Cafe

 

Reclaimed Wood

The reclaimed wood trend is everywhere. No doubt you've seen it before.
But its beauty is in its versatility -- it suits a funky tech space just as well as a sophisticated VC firm.
Rolling barn wood doors, reclaimed wood walls and live edge tables are trends we see time and time again.

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Perkins Coie

 

IdeaPaint

Channel your inner child and scribble on the walls? Yes please.
IdeaPaint allows you to create a custom dry-erase or chalk board on virtually any surface, 
transforming the space into a hub of creativity and collaboration.... especially loved by our tech clients.

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Lithium Technologies

 

Living Walls

Living walls make a dramatic statement in any space.
These vertical gardens are low maintenance, sustainable and have been proven
to reduce stress, enhance indoor air quality, and improve mental health. Two thumbs up.

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CPP

 

Slides

We're convinced there is no better way to get from point A to point B.
We geek out over slides and love the challenge of their technical installation.

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Playground

 

Art Walls

Traditional frames are being replaced with custom installations commissioned by local artists.
See the graffiti wall below... double whammy to capture a company's culture and support local artists.

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 Tango

 

Ceiling Clouds

The popularity of exposed ceilings was quickly followed by the necessity for ceiling clouds. 
These installations lower noise levels and distortion while enhancing acoustics. 

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 BMC Software

 

Custom Staircases

Custom staircases require extra planning and coordination but the end result is always stunning,
especially when the staircase doubles as a lounge area or incorporates a slide.

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Pandora 

 

Professional Kitchens

With so many requests for full blown commercial kitchen's lately,
we're starting to get a little jealous of the our client's #workperks.
Who doesn't love a hot free meal, a specially designed wine fridge or multiple kegerators?

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Weebly

 

Scratch and Sniff Wallpaper

Possibly one of the funkiest features trending, but the walls really are in fact scratch and sniff.  
Hope bananas are your jam if you reserve this phone room for your next conference call.

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Twitch 

 

Video Walls

Large multi-screen video walls are perfect for dynamic signage,
interactive content and strong messaging in any Executive Briefing Center or lobby.

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Twitch  

 

Libraries

Workplace libraries offer a quiet place to think and work during the day,
but in the evening they double as the meeting place to enter a hidden retro bar.  

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 Weebly

 

Sophisticated Mill Work

Who needs drywall when you can trick out your walls and ceilings with custom mill work.
Luxurious spaces are using wood as a distinguishing feature in their design. Just gorgeous.

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ValueAct Capital 

 

Funky Flooring

Grass in the office? Why not?
Non-traditional flooring is an easy way to make a statement and show separation of spaces.

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Big Fish 

 

Decorated Ceilings

Aside from their aesthetic appeal, heavily designed ceilings offer additional opportunities
for lighting and sound. The office below designed their ceiling to look like airplane wings.  We approve.

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Clarium Capital 

 

Non-Traditional Furniture

In our opinion, swinging in these suspended chairs would be the perfect way to clear writers block.  
Love that firms are adopting swinging chairs, hammocks and all kinds of alternative seating. 
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 Chartboost

 

Facet Wall Panels

Out with the boring straight hallways, in with these tricky, asymmetrical wall panels.
Love the added dimension.

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Twitch 

 

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A Glimpse into Pandora's Oakland Headquarters

Posted by Christy Le on May 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Pandora Radio, like so many tech companies, started very humbly in a modest office space and has quickly grown into a thriving, reputable brand with a vibrant and characteristically unique Oakland space. It has been our privilege, as their general contractor for the past 7 years, to not only witness Pandora's growth but to be part of the evolution of their dynamic office. The following photos document the powerful visual transformation from their 1st generation space to their current space. 

 

DESIGN INSPIRATION

 

THEN

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NOW

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RECEPTION AREA

         

THEN

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NOW

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INTERCONNECTING STAIRS

 

THEN

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NOW

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KITCHEN

 

THEN

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NOW

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COMMON AREAS

 

THEN

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NOW

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CONFERENCE ROOM

 

THEN

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NOW

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SEATING AREAS

 

THEN

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NOW

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Photography by Reflex Imaging and Bruce Damonte

 

  

Download the Evolution of Pandora Timeline
 
 

Topics: Construction Trends, bars, tech firms, cool office, kitchen, perks, office perks

How firms are "showing the love" with their office space

Posted by Christy Le on Feb 4, 2016 6:00:00 AM

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The strategy of creating office envy is definitely catching on in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Taking care of employees in the workplace increases morale, supports recruiting efforts, and is generally fun.  Here are some of our favorite recent projects that showcase the love.

 

They wine you.

Grabbing a drink after work (or during work, for that matter) has never been easier. Social areas equipped with a full bar and handles of local craft brews in the work place has finally become a thing. This takes water cooler chat to the next level. 

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 Lumosity, San Francisco
Architect: Boor Bridges Architecture

General Contractor: Skyline Construction

 

They dine you.

Bay Area firms are quickly catching on to the old adage that there is no faster way into your hungry employee's heart than through their stomachs. From full-service kitchens to cozy cafes and break rooms, these areas are fully stocked with meals, snacks, refreshments and everything in between. 


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Yammer, San Francisco
Architect: TMDA

General Contractor: Skyline Construction

 

They love you for your mind.

Arming employees with a place for intellectual stimuli is the newest trend. A quiet space for research or leisurely reading is the perfect way to promote professional and personal development. Even in an increasingly digital world, in-house libraries are beloved by the employees and employers, alike. Learning is fun. Who knew?

 

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Weebly, San Francisco
Architect: Huntsman Architectural Group

General Contractor: Skyline Construction

 

They make you feel like a kid again.

Associating work with the warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings of your childhood is a new concept in office interior design. It's fun, it's inviting and it's a light-hearted approach that is striking a cord with companies throughout the bay area. Slides, pool tables, vintage video games, ping pong tables and themed meeting rooms are just the tip of the iceberg of popular features.

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Chartboost, San Francisco
Architect: Design Blitz

General Contractor: Skyline Construction


 

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Topics: Construction Trends, bars, tech firms, cool office, kitchen, perks, office perks