Studio Tour: LiveStrong - Design Bureau


Photo by the Bommarito Group

Photo by Lake Flato

Photo by Lake Flato

Photo by the Bommarito Group

Studio Tour: LiveStrong

Friday, February 10th, 2012

by Caitlin M. Ryan

Many people know LiveStrong by its unmistakable yellow bands. The rubber bracelets signify cyclist Lance Armstrong’s mission to empower not only cancer survivors, but everyone to, well, live strong. And the nonprofit’s Austin-based headquarters aims to do the same via smart design decisions.

Designed by Lake Flato architects and The Bommarito Group, the LiveStrong office in East Austin, Texas is located in a converted 1950s warehouse. When conceptualizing the space, the design crew agreed that it needed to simulate the stimulation you'd feel while navigating a city street. "With a city street, you want different heights, different textures, different colors," says LiveStrong CFO and Executive Vice President Greg Lee. The design mimics the varied city terrain with some areas that are finished, some unfinished, and plenty of gathering spots.

Reusing materials was also highly important to the project, and with creative reuse of the building's original roofing, cement, and other seemingly throw-away items, the upgraded LiveStrong HQ garnered a gold-rated LEED certified status.

Gold, as it turns out, really is the foundation's color.

 

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