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05/01/2013

Everything is Connected

Rapt Studio's design for Adobe's new Utah campus brings employees, clients and nature together in the pursuit of innovation.

By Kylie Wroblaski
Photography by Eric Laignel + Weston Colton

 
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    The entry to Adobe’s new campus maintains a clean and minimal aesthetic to appeal to a wide range of customers from all over the world. Fine furnishings from Hightower (Papa chair, shown), Knoll and Arper add a touch of high design. View larger

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    This seating area in the lobby features custom-colored Kasthall Hagga rugs and touchscreens embedded in the walls, which provide real-time statistics on Adobe and its partners in New York City, Salt Lake and Tokyo. View larger

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    Created entirely by spraypaint, this mural by artist El Mac captures the spirit of exploration and innovation found at Adobe, while also echoing some of Photoshop’s most popular filter effects. View larger

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    Designers used Teknion’s Optos seamless glass wall solution to create private offices. The spaces also include desking and colorful seating from Herman Miller, as well as writable walls from IdeaPaint. View larger

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    Casual seating areas for informal collaboration featuring seating from HighTower and Coalesse and tables from Herman Miller are sprinkled throughout the building, making teamwork easy and efficient. View larger

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    The open office areas of the Adobe campus feature bright hues from Pantone to keep energy levels high and encourage creativity. View larger

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    The design team focused on using local, natural and efficient materials throughout the campus, as seen in the space’s concrete floors, walls and stairwells. “We believe it’s our responsibility to not just bring in products and apply it to the space because we can,” says David Gallulo. “Instead of acquiring stone out of some location in Italy and shipping it halfway across the world, we’re utilizing the genuine aspects of the structure to make it beautiful.” View larger

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    The design team focused on using local, natural and efficient materials throughout the campus, as seen in the space’s concrete floors, walls and stairwells. “We believe it’s our responsibility to not just bring in products and apply it to the space because we can,” says David Gallulo. “Instead of acquiring stone out of some location in Italy and shipping it halfway across the world, we’re utilizing the genuine aspects of the structure to make it beautiful.” View larger

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    Wall art featuring programming code and a first aid kit symbolizes the role that Adobe serves in many of its clients’ digital initiatives. View larger

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    A mural by tattoo and graffiti artist Mike Giant. The graphics nod to both Adobe’s values and the location of the building. View larger

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    This conference room features Setu chairs from Herman Miller and a custom table from Creative Wood. The quote on the glass comes from one of Abode’s founders and reflects on how technology is contributing to important work in the world. View larger

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    This open workspace features Canvas workstations from Herman Miller; the phrase on the wall references Adobe’s role in the history of design and typography. View larger

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    Pantone graphics outside of the workstations assist in navigation and remind employees of Adobe’s foundational place in the graphics and printing industries. View larger

“You’re not hit with just Adobe products on the wall,” says David Gallulo, Rapt’s CEO and design principal. “You go to a meeting in the Jackson Pollock conference room and it’s wrapped in a Pollock painting on the glass, and you’re reminded, ‘Okay, maybe I should break some rules today because innovation comes from being an outlier.’ That was important to Adobe, and therefore every piece of that building reminds them of that.”

“Jackson Pollock is one thing,” Sistrunk adds, “but we’ve got walls covered in computer mice that are dipped in paint that are all purple, except one, reminding people that it’s okay to be different.”

Another thought-provoking touch can be found in the main atrium, where a commissioned mural by artist El Mac captures the creativity and innovation at work by Adobe employees, as well as the customers who make use of those tools. The spray-painted image depicts a young girl coloring, with a deep red glow emanating from where her hand meets the paper.

WATCH: The creative process behind El Mac's mural for the Adobe Utah campus.

“We tried to think of what would showcase either the inspired creativity that Adobe enables, or leveraging the products in a way that brought the tower of products to life,” Sistrunk says. “El Mac was chosen because even though he’s a street artist, his art appears as if he used a Photoshop filter to achieve it.”

“It’s that concept of, even with street art, how can we tie it back to Photoshop, which is a program today’s artists are leveraging in their process?”

The result is a space that connects everything—customers, employees, the environment and the brand itself—in a seamless and uniquely Adobe way. It’s a narrative that appeals even to those who have been there from the beginning.

“They had an opening celebration and the two founders of Adobe showed up and took a tour through the space,” recalls Gallulo. “They turned to the executive and said, ‘We need to make a coffee table book about this building, because there are so many stories to be told here on such intense, strong, meaningful connections to the Adobe that we founded.’ Thirty years after these guys started this business, in walking through this space, they felt there was still a story to be told.”

 

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ceilings
Ceiling Systems Incorporated
(801) 572-5367

FLOORING/CARPET
Interface | 1
(800) 634-6032

Kasthall (custom rug) | 2
+46 320 20 59 00

MILLWORK
Ceiling Systems Incorporated Fondell Woodwork | 3
(801) 768-4467

Gill Group
(800) 666-1418

SEATING
ATRIUM
Allermuir
(888) 887-5806

Decca
(612) 362-0007

CAFETERIA
Arper
+39 0422 7918

Carolina
(800) 763-0212

Coalesse
(866) 645-6952

Martin Brattrud
(323) 770-4171

CONFERENCE ROOMS
Coalesse

Herman Miller
(616) 654-3000

LOBBY
Arper

HighTower
(816) 286-1051

Knoll
(800) 343-5665

OPEN OFFICE COLLABORATIVE AREA
Arcadia
(800) 585-5957

Coalesse

Herman Miller

HighTower | 4

OPEN OFFICE LOUNGE
Allermuir

Keilhauer
(800) 724-5665

SURFACING
Benjamin Moore
(855) 724-6802

IdeaPaint
(800) 393-5250

TABLES
ATRIUM
Decca

Herman Miller

CAFETERIA
Allermuir

Herman Miller

CONFERENCE ROOM
Creative Wood (custom tables)
(510) 635-5399

OPEN OFFICE COLLABORATIVE AREA
Bludot
(612) 782-1844

Herman Miller

INFORMAL CONFERENCING
Creative Wood (custom tables)

Herman Miller

WORKSTATIONS/PRIVATE OFFICES
Herman Miller

UPHOLSTERY/TEXTILES
Camira
(317) 484-0305

Walls
Teknion (office fronts) | 5
(877) TEKNION

 

CONTACT:
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 client 
adobe systems
3900 Adobe Way
Lehi, UT 84043
(385) 345-0000
www.adobe.com

 

 

 

 

 Project Team 
interior design
Rapt Studio
111 Maiden Lane, Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 788-4400

base building design
WRNS Studio
501 2nd Street
4th Floor, Suite 402
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 489-2224

contractor
Okland Construction

photography
Eric Laignel + Weston Colton

 


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