OBR Architecture’s Selected Projects

History of obrARCHITECTURE

obrARCHITECTURE is an architectural, art, and event-based firm located in San Diego, California. The firm was founded in 2008. While specific historical details are not readily available, their work and approach to architecture are noteworthy.

obrARCHITECTURE engages in a wide range of projects, including cultural, commercial, civic, and educational endeavors. Their portfolio showcases innovative designs that blend functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability. As an art-based firm, they emphasize the integration of art into architectural spaces. This could involve incorporating sculptures, murals, or other artistic elements within their designs. Such integration enhances the overall experience for occupants and visitors.

The practice also focuses on creating event spaces. These could be temporary installations, pop-up venues, or permanent structures designed specifically for hosting events. Their expertise in this area allows them to create dynamic and memorable spaces. Architects thrive on creativity and innovation. obrARCHITECTURE explores new materials, construction techniques, and design concepts. Their goal is to push boundaries and create spaces that inspire and enrich lives.

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Company Culture at obrARCHITECTURE

The work culture at obrARCHITECTURE is a fascinating blend of creativity, collaboration, and innovation. It is deeply rooted in their philosophy and approach to architecture. OBR believes that understanding the context is crucial. They don’t adhere to a specific architectural language or construction technique. Instead, they emphasize knowing the culture and local techniques of a place.
Their projects are closely linked not only to the shape and function of the building but also to how it is built.

OBR considers design as a multidisciplinary and group effort. Even if the client is private, they recognize that the consequences and importance of their work extend to the public.
This collaborative approach allows them to create architecture that resonates with the community and specific cultural identities

Their work culture embraces change and adaptation. They explore new ways of living and design, constantly evolving. The goal is not just to design for a place but to design with and by the place itself. In summary, obrARCHITECTURE thrives on collaboration, cultural sensitivity, and a commitment to creating meaningful architecture that positively impacts both people and the environment.

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Toby Eccleston

Toby is a British architect who graduated from the University of Liverpool with Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Architecture. He was the winner of the Liverpool Architecture Society Undergraduate Student Awards in 2018. Toby’s work experience previous to obrARCHITECTURE includes studios such as Oldfield Design, James Tottey Partnership, BDP Sheffield, and HOK London.

obrARCHITECTURE’s Selected Projects

Garret-Gates House – San Diego, CA

An existing single-family home in the Mission Hills/Little Italy neighborhood will be remodeled as part of this project. The current split-level home is encircled by views of the surrounding natural environment and situated inside a canyon. The project’s objective has been to blur the boundary between the outer environment and the internal residence ever since the clients brought up the name «treehouse.»

The project makes the most of its surroundings while yet giving the clients the seclusion they need thanks to the construction of balconies, the addition of huge windows in certain rooms, and a complete interior makeover. You get the impression that you are in the middle of a forest thanks to the design, which includes a floating wet room and a fantastic reading nook with views of the trees.

In order to generate contrast, the interior was redesigned using lighter, simpler hues, and the exterior was completely refurbished, with new wood siding painted black to replace the old.

Photos provided by OBR

UCSD Price Center West and Dirty Birds – San Diego, CA

Located at University Centers, the center of the UCSD campus, the Price Center West and Dirty Birds is a renovated interior and exterior facility that serves as the focal point of campus activity. To accommodate the almost 30,000 visitors each day, there are a plethora of activities and events available, ranging from dining establishments and retail stores to conference spaces and student resource centers. University Centers’ main goal is to provide the UCSD community with high-quality resources such as activities, services, and facilities that enhance and promote student learning and the campus environment.

Renovations to the interior dining area with Dirty Birds, new gender-inclusive restrooms, a new outdoor dining area, and new seating and dining areas for public use are all included in the scope of work. Exterior work includes single swing hydraulic doors that open to the interior dining space, landscape, hardscape, fencing and fire pits

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One Door North – San Diego, CA

Fred and Tammy Peihl, the owners of The Smoking Goat, one of the most popular bistros in North Park, requested obrARCHITECTURE for assistance with the design of their new 5,000 square foot, two-story eatery. The idea behind One Door North, which is located next to The Smoking Goat, is to bring the wonderful outdoors indoors. The restaurant is divided into three distinct sections: the main bar area in the middle, the section facing the street with banquettes, and the section with tents in rear. The restaurant’s rear wall is covered with floor to ceiling murals of forests, and it is bordered by semi-private 11-foot eating booths and canvas tents in the form of a camp.

The tables and walls are made of hand-carved, live-edge wood from a sustainably logged Wisconsin forest, with themes drawn from the mountains, lakes, and coasts the Piehl family has seen. The Piehls collaborated with obrArchitecture to ensure that the architectural language of the area mirrored the culinary experience they aimed to produce.

Photos provided by OBR

We will be posting more projects by OBR Architecture in the upcoming weeks and months, so keep an eye out for more of their incredible work! Every Friday we will be posting a new Featured Company, so join us again next week!

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