Oveissi & Co.
1999 AIA/SWO Design Award
1999 IIDA/AIA Honor Award
This project is an elegant new showroom in a tough old parking garage. Located on Seventh Avenue in a ground floor tenant space across from Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the site is visible to thousands of people passing by every day.
The existing interior was a bland office space filled with acoustical tile, gypsum board and glue-down carpet. The space was stripped back to concrete to create a strong backdrop for the rich collection of rugs. Like a robust old warehouse, the raw shell is preserved as a visible part of the interior. The rich color scheme creates a luxurious mood and complimentary backdrop to the decorative rugs.
The space is a tapestry of material, texture and color. Exposed steel, wood, painted plaster and concrete create an honest toughness. Grand-scaled lighting loops built out of wood moldings and painted rich colors define space within the large volume. Generous track lighting required for display is mounted to these dramatic frames