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Newport Gateway

Newport Beach, California

This project, re-imagining Newport Gateway, stemmed from the client’s desire to improve the building’s wayfinding, activate public areas, and minimize the starkness of existing black granite walls and floors. Gensler responded with rich walnut to add warmth and depth; carpet, fabrics and plants to soften the granite hold; and new lighting to enhance public areas. To activate public areas on the concourse level, seating options, including private wood-clad booths, open and easily portable loose benching, and semi built-in seating replaced several large, confining granite columns. New media walls provide the space with brand identity, various user interfaces, and news and information, adding another layer of life to the building's halls.