Interior Design


Aventine is an iconic office landmark in University Town Center, La Jolla. Originally designed in 1980 by renowned architect, Michael Graves, this unique property serves as a collaborative and inspirational space to work, play, stay, and dine. The goal with this project was to re-image, unify, and activate multiple small, discrete, disconnected spaces at the building lobby to create a memorable arrival sequence that encouraged community gathering.

To unify the space, most of the walls were demolished and the small rooms were united into one singular entrance with a café and new indoor/outdoor gathering space. The design team took inspiration from the owner’s goal to create a community space with “vibrant activity all in one place.”

Carefully detailed and crafted design elements blend natural materials, stone, weathered steel, bronze, and walnut, to further a sense of connection and harmony. The textural effects of the planar weathered steel feature walls energize the lobby and promote directional wayfinding to the three elevator lobbies. The café serves as the central gathering hub and promotes social interaction for the new day-lit lobby.

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    8910 University Center Lane, San Diego

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    Rockpoint Group

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