Informed by Xerxes Plaza’s Modernist exterior, this Lobby and Public Spaces Renovation project was inspired by The Bauhaus. The Bauhaus was a German school of the Arts, founded by architect Walter Gropius in 1919. It celebrated the principle of integration, fusing Art, Crafts, Graphics, Interior Design and Architecture. It embraced a socially democratic future facilitated by good, functional design. It sought to unite art and society through a universal creative expression. Amid World War I, The Bauhaus proposed the idea that in its purest form, art can unify and heal the world. With a limited project scope, the challenge was to transform the space using only a simple Artist’s palette of color, pattern, and materiality.
This design is inspired by the work of Anni Albers, the renowned Bauhaus textile weaver.
Modernism strips things down to the very essence, while primary colors represent transformation, as they are the source of all other colors. The color palette is simple, honest, and conveys energy.
The design seeks to echo the building’s exterior linear forms and bring them into focus.
Its style is characterized by harmoniously balanced geometric shapes and reflects a “Modernist Urbanite” theme.
The result modernized the building’s lobby and public spaces, attracted new Tenants, and created a classic interior to withstand the test of time.
Xerxes Plaza is truly an example of Art integrated into a modern office space.