Getting ready to open 1440 Multiversity

Over the past several months we embarked on a new design-build project with 1440 Multiversity, a new “learning immersion center", located in the redwoods of Scotts Valley, CA.  The project is one of those projects that our studio loves to do…working with the owner, architect, landscape designer, operations staff, and artisans. 

 Beautiful natural materials are used throughout the buildings.

Beautiful natural materials are used throughout the buildings.

 Chris, Shannon, and Shereen checking sign locations in one of the buildings.

Chris, Shannon, and Shereen checking sign locations in one of the buildings.

We have spent days, weeks and nights developing a sign program that coordinates with the craftsman-styled buildings and supports the vision of the client…creating a place where visitors can learn techniques that allow them to take a wholistic approach to work-life-spirit balance.  

1440 Multiversity is opening at the end of May and the Shannon Leigh team is working on last minute details for the campus wayfinding and signage. 

We were tasked with creating signage design that honored the site and the mission of 1440.  Wood signage was selected to mirror the natural setting of the campus.  Simplicity was also a theme that resonated with the architecture and decor...especially as one of the goals for visitor experience is regaining a sense of calm and groundedness in a busy world.

 Artisanal touches are the norm in every building.

Artisanal touches are the norm in every building.

 Shereen taking notes during an onsite visit.

Shereen taking notes during an onsite visit.

We have truly appreciated working with the 1440 Multiversity team.  It was exciting to see the progress of the site from grading and construction to room decor being installed.  The attention to details - whether materials or site history or the visitor experience -  has been paramount in every decision made for this project.  

 Attention to detail is a hallmark of this project.

Attention to detail is a hallmark of this project.

Although we can’t show the rooms, buildings, or signs (no spoilers here!), the designs are meant to harmonize with the interiors and exteriors. This includes the natural setting...a mountain retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains.  

 Plants native to the site, including mature redwoods, were carefully preserved and included in the campus landscape plan.

Plants native to the site, including mature redwoods, were carefully preserved and included in the campus landscape plan.

As this first phase finishes, we look forward to working with 1440 Multiversity for the next steps. We can hardly wait for the wayfinding!

 Trails crisscross the campus and invite guests to take a moment to reconnect with nature.

Trails crisscross the campus and invite guests to take a moment to reconnect with nature.