Gold Key – Specialty Design
The Highlights: The challenge was to design a venue that can be activated beyond game day at this 18,000-seat sports arena—home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors—and provide a variety of experiences for fans and guests. The lobbies create a grand experience akin to civic buildings through the use of space, light, and materiality, which also highlights a centerpiece, 80-foot LED chandelier that changes colors and sets the mood depending on the event. On the west end, the lobby’s fluid shape follows the natural curves of the exterior, creating a dynamic space that includes a sculpted staircase encased with wood. A wall of windows creates an openness that is accentuated by a minimal color palette that is the backdrop for art and an Alexander Calder installation.
“Our design inspiration came from the Bay Area’s abundance of natural beauty and flawless sense of casual sophistication,” says Edith Ponciano, senior interior designer, Gensler Sports. “We wanted to capture the championship character and ethos of the Golden State Warriors’ past and future success through a refined and timeless palette.”
Interior Architect: Gensler, Los Angeles | Lead Design Firm/Architect: MANICA Architecture, Kansas City, Missouri |Executive Architect: Kendall/Heaton Associates, Houston |Client: Golden State Warriors, San Francisco| Purchasing Firm: Vanguard Concept Offices, San Francisco | Architectural Materials: 3M; B+N Industries; Benjamin Moore; Cambridge Metals; Chemetal; Corrugated Metals Inc.; Creative Metal Industries; Danzer Linea; Exotic Hardwoods;Formica; GL Veneer; Glasspro; McNichols; Moz Metals; Nevamar; Pionite; Pulp Studio; Pure Freeform; Sherwin-Williams; Veneer-Art; Wilsonart | Bath & Spa: Bobrick; Delta; Grohe; Kolher; Majestic Mirror; Restoration Hardware; Sloan; Symmons; Toto | Fabrics: Architex; Bernhardt Textiles; Brochier; Carnegie; DesignTex;Fabric Innovations; HBF Textiles; Knoll Textiles; Luna Textiles; Moore & Giles; Tiger Leather; Ultra Fabrics; Valley Forge Fabrics; Wolf Gordon | Floorcoverings: American Terrazzo Co.; Brintons; Chilewich; Duchateua; Ecore; Eurowest; Shaw Contract Group, Milliken; Mohawk; Mondo; Nora; Spec Ceramics | Furniture: Afra Furniture; Andreu World; Arcadia; Blu Dot; Creative Wood; D’Style Inc.; DFM; Figueras Seating; Humanscale; Industry West; ISA International; Level 4; Lily Jack; Poppin; Sunpan Modern Home; Table Topics; West Coast Industries; Williams-Sonoma | Lighting: Allied Maker; Arteriors; Bert Frank; Bloom Lighting; Cerno Lighting; Hallmark Lighting; Hennepin Made; Moooi; Park Studio; Schoolhouse Electric, Sonneman; Troy Lighting, Vibia; Williams-Sonoma | Signage: Infinite Scale| Surfacing Materials: ASN Stone; Caesarstone; Concrete Collaborative; Concrete Works; Corian; Dal Tile; Dekton; LG Hausys; States Industries; Stone Source; Tectura Designs; Tristone; Viridian Wood; Wilsonart; Woodgrain Woodworks | Wallcoverings: 3form; Ann Sacks; Capri Cork; Carnegie; Chasing Paper; Cle Tile; Concrete Works; Daltile;Design & Direct Source; DesignTex; Eurowest; Garrett Leather; Innovations; Koroseal; LBI Boyd; Maharam; Mcintyre; MDC Wall; Phillip Jeffries; Spec Ceramics; Tri-kes; Unika Vaev; Wolf Gordon | Photo: Jason O’Rear