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THE INTERVAL AT THE LONG NOW

   A new home for the Long Now Foundation.

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THE INTERVAL AT THE LONG NOW


【CLIENT】

The Long Now Foundation

【PLACE + TIME】

San Francisco, CA / 2014

【PROJECT TEAM】

Because We Can  ✦  Architecture, Interior & Furniture Design, Fabrication
Oliver and Company  ✦  General Contractors

【MADE IN OUR SHOP】

Bar Surround, Top & Bottle Shelving, Wunderkammer, Bottle Hanging System, Orrery Surround, Walnut Table Tops, Bar Signage and Display

Versatility and attention to detail are key to creating a such a space, which will play such diverse roles: museum, cafe, event space, bar, & library. We trust Because We Can to assure that the big concept matches the little details. The goal is something that is beautiful, cohesive and fun, with details that reward curious attention.
— Mikl Em
 
 

【ABOUT】

We let the history of the space drive the design. Once a blacksmith shop in the 1930’s, we focused on renewing the original character of the space. We stripped the drywall and industrial carpeting to reveal the authentic stone slab flooring. Due to the small size of the location, we designed clever space saving ideas, like the chime generator prototype that is now also a dining sized table, and a spiral cabinet built into the staircase, floor to ceiling bookshelves to also help with noise, bottles hung from the ceiling and built in booth seating.
Many odd & fascinating artifacts adorn the space in a museum-like fashion, to emblazon The Longnow's projects and mission. Bookshelves ascend to the ceiling, providing a necessary separation for The Long Now's mezzanine offices and the public areas below. The bookshelves hold a collection of books that The Long Now has been acquiring since its beginning. Our bookshelf design even helped spur another project that The Long Now has since started: a project to select 3,500 books that could help sustain or rebuild civilization, called the Manual for Civilization.

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