Foundry Commons is located in San Jose’s growing arts district. The large housing development—238 homes—features a gallery space and a DIY maker room. DBA_Inside worked with the architectural team to plan the configuration and flow of the indoor spaces. In addition to designing the physical spaces for these creative programs, we felt it was important to weave this arts-oriented narrative into the finishes and furnishings throughout all of the common spaces as well. CityView, the project developer, fully supported this mission and was open to all of our ideas and direction.
First, we closely considered the uses of each space and how we felt residents, guests, and staff would interact. This study helped us identify locations for artwork, as well as the goals we had for each piece and place. Based on a combination of budget, timeframe, site specifics, and the overarching aesthetic of the project, we made an art plan that include three types of works: commissioned pieces, existing pieces selected for purchase, and custom graphic wall-coverings that would anchor the spaces.