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Silly Little Thinks

Silly Little Things

Watch a video around the design of this project. Read an article on this project in Rue Daily. Intentions: A family of four on a tight budget in a beautiful Spanish style home in Redwood Heights District of Oakland needed a new kitchen.  The husband was a professional photographer and the wife a professional chef. The husband’s main concern was […]

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Abiding Light

Abiding Light

Intentions: A family of four on a tight budget in the Montclair District of Oakland approached 3 Lights Design wanting to convert their 2 bedroom, single story home into a more spacious, inviting, light-filled home with an in-law unit for their visiting families. The husband valued privacy while the wife valued a more open-door policy.The […]

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Cardinal Coordinates

Intentions:  A creative, forward-thinking couple approached 3 Lights Design with the desire to remodel their boxy, unremarkable, ranch style home. Through our initial conversations, we came up with an exciting program, including the desire to feel more connected to the outdoors and the surrounding area while simultaneously having cozy places to nest, having a roof […]

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Taiwan Bento

Intentions: During the build out, and just one month before Taiwan Bento’s scheduled soft opening, the owners of a new Uptown Oakland restaurant received this comment from their loan officer: “You’re restaurant’s ugly.” Talk about an “ouch/yikes” moment! That’s when 3 Lights Design got the call. Taiwan Bento was the brainchild of Taiwanese born Stacy Tang, […]

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Energy Solutions Headquarters

Intentions: Energy Solutions is a green energy consulting company specializing in creating large-scale environmental benefits for their clients by implementing market-based solutions and developing policies that contribute to these solutions. Located in downtown Oakland, they had recently purchased the historic Atrium Building at the intersection of Telegraph and Broadway and were in need of a layout of their 11,ooo […]

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Village Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Intentions: Design a chiropractic clinic and wellness center on the ground floor of an unremarkable building in an upscale neighborhood retail center that 1) has an inviting storefront that continues the ribbon of ground floor retail 2) creates a buzz around preventative care and wellness 3) creates a sanctuary from patients to land, receive counsel and […]

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Project Overview, Prana del Mar Retreat & Wellness Center

Follow the link to watch a video of  Prana del Mar project by Yoga Retreat International click. Intentions: The client had a life long dream of creating a high end retreat and wellness center, centering on general health, yoga, and surf retreats.   He chose a site in a remote area on the Pacific Coast of Baja […]

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The Light Box at Prana del Mar

For a complete description of the evolution of The Light Box, check out the chapter “Putting it all Together: The Light Box at Prana del Mar” in 3 Lights designer, Austin Hill Shaw’s book, The Shoreline of Wonder: On Being Creative. Intentions: Design a building to house a second practice studio and two spa treatment rooms in […]

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Community Building, Baja, Mexico

Intentions: Design a community building as the focal point of a retreat and wellness center on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico.    The program required in and outdoor dining facilities for up to 35 participants, commercial kitchen, meditation room, sauna, two treatment rooms, exercise room, TV room, reception, bathrooms and changing rooms for the adjacent pool, […]

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Pool and Spa, Baja, Mexico

Intentions: Design a pool and pool deck that tied in with the Community Building, one that protected clients from the prevalent winds from the northwest, provided areas of both sun and shade, had changing rooms and toilet facilites nearby, had an outdoor shower, bar and barbecue, and one that maximizes the perceived size of the pool while […]

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