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Built in 1940 and originally headquarters to the American Automotive Association (AAA), this Spanish Colonial style building has distinctive heavy timber trusses and large continuous skylights. Later remodels added partitions and ducts that cluttered the original interior, and poor quality fixtures and lighting design had left the space with little of its original delight.

Loisos + Ubbelohde worked with the clients on a limited budget in order to restore the feel of large open space for the main exercise area, as well as redoing the mechanical system to allow unsightly ducts blocking daylight from skylights to be removed. New program activities requiring smaller spaces were also accommodated and existing smaller skylights were integrated into a reconfigured Mezzanine floor design. The architectural integration of the electric lighting, fixtures, and lighting controls was also updated.


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Loisos + Ubbelohde

Oakland, CA
Occupied, 2014



bulletLarge windows generously daylight the pilates area.

bulletGroup exercise rooms receive light from both the exterior and the main exercise space.

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bulletThe gym, located near downtown Oakland, glows at night.

bulletThe distinctive skylights flood the center of the building with daylight.

bulletBathroom is configured to take advantage of original skylight.

Images by César Rubio.