Childhood friends Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe, the driving force behind the new classic arcade / bar ‘EightyTwo’ in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles hired DJa to design a setting to foreground the games and address the entire program as follows; The games should be treated as cultural artifacts and beautiful visual objects to be featured, the project must contain at least 18 pinball machines and 20 classic arcade games without feeling like a typical arcade, there must be an outdoor space and an incredible bar. The project location fronting two streets at the corner of East Fourth Place and Third actually held two existing buildings and a small parking lot. The buildings structured as two triangular figures in plan connected by an outdoor breezeway offered a unique opportunity for organizing the program. The breezeway space between the buildings - formerly a service entrance - was designed as the main entry for the project. One building was designed as the pinball area while the other building was designed to hold 20 classic arcade games, a full service bar, a dj booth and banquette seating. Both buildings connect to the new patio through new extra-large openings with fold away cantina style doors. In addition to the architectural renovation DJa designed the entire fit out including all of the furnishing (except the chairs). Wherever the Architecture came forward DJa designed it to visually rhyme with the games. Studies of the form language of the vintage arcade game boxes served as the basis for the space plan, the Bar, the DJ booth, and all the furniture.
The architecture featured here is the result of schematic design for a 4200 acre resort development. The site for the project was in Krasnodar, which is the southern region of Russia, about 90 miles north of the Black Sea. The site is a beautiful green rolling terrain with forest glens, open meadows, and a small lake.
We were asked to develop 'pre-fab' designs and we partnered with empyrean building systems to design prototypes for a kid's club, a golf club, a wellness center and a boutique hotel.
In an ongoing series of collaborations with SWA group we were asked to design a series of five pavilions / tea houses in the context of a new park surrounding a 100 year old pagoda. The pagoda itself is a vertical moment in an overwhelmingly horizontal context and serves as a marker along a water gateway to the district. The pavilions were designed as nodes along a pathway through the park alternately disorienting and reorienting the viewer to the pagoda.
In an ongoing series of collaborations with SWA group we were asked to consider the adaptive reuse potential of an abandoned cement factory located on a triangular island in the district of Qingpu, Shanghai, China. The island uniquely positioned between historic Qingpu Island and Zhujiajiao could potentially serve as a kind of cultural hub of regional significance. The collaboration and discussion quickly expanded to ideas about the entire island. A zoning strategy developed, allowing for a regional park, residential district and a cultural center in the rehabilitated factory.