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"2016 America's Finest 2nd Place: Look+See Vision Care," Invision Magazine, July, 2016
LOOK+SEE VISION CARE
Location: Austin, Texas
Project Manager: Ian M. Ellis
Design Team: Ian M. Ellis, Matt Fajkus, AIA, David Birt
Phase: Completion 2015
Look+See Vision Care is now open in South Austin. What started as an empty commercial shell, Look+See Vision Care is a full interior-finish out that includes a relaxing front of house with display area for 800 frames, a casual lounge in ample natural light, and dispensing areas for trying on and comparing various frames and brands. The design also includes an in-house lab where lenses are crafted by hand, specialty testing and evaluation areas, 3 exam rooms, a break area, and offices.
The architecture works closely with existing branding to create a cohesive and comfortable environment that is memorable, recognizable, and functional. Expansion and growth were carefully considered, as all spaces were designed with the future of Look+See in mind.
Simple and natural materials act as a neutral palette and backdrop for frames, lenses, and customers to stand out. Floating reclaimed wood shelves, built by Hatch Workshop, are accentuated with painted undersides that articulate the existing Look+See branding colors, providing nuanced bursts of colors against white concrete block walls as the shelves turn and fold around through the space.