560 Valencia Street by The Office of Charles F. Bloszies

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            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p8/p8o2w50b2zqxs27c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Collaboration is the hallmark of Blu Dot&rsquo;s design process, so the facade was joint effort drawing from the talent and expertise of our firm, Blu Dot&rsquo;s own designers, and the metal fabricator.&nbsp;The perforated metal screen was an idea from the outset since the original building had a large &ldquo;forehead&rdquo; above a standard storefront below.&nbsp;The original structure had an entrance in the middle and a poorly conceived fire exit at one side.

The metal screen was fabricated from stainless steel sheet by a Bay Area fabricator, also an architect.  Details were carefully worked out in consultation with the fabricator in order to ensure a crisp, well-tailored result.  We provided the computer files used to fabricate the panels.  Although a building is a bit larger than a typical furniture piece, the assembly of the facade was approached in a similar manner.  The new butt-glazed storefront was to be a transparent plane allowing views into the interior and reflections back onto the street.


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