Merging a building with an eclectic past, an innovative design firm, and a passion for the famous Florida sunshine the creative team at 160over90 South have made their home in Gainesville, Florida. Each of 160over90’s branches have a distinct look and feel but their newest home embraces the building’s quirky and checkered past, along with their own flair for design, and their love of being one with the community.
The design inspiration for 160over90 South office was drawn from Gainesville itself. When the team began scouting locations, they fell in love with the city, the people, and the vibe. Gainesville, like 160over90, has a distinct creative and technological Heartbeat.
The team landed on 21 SE Second Place—once home to a filling station, restaurant, photography studio, and most recently, the Batista Gallery. The space’s creative layout lends itself to showcasing the work foremost, which really resonates with the team’s philosophy. 160over90 South would soon live right in the heart of downtown Gainesville, neighboring the historic Hippodrome.
From the street, passersby can see 160over90 in action through the giant glass wall that anchors the building’s facade. Peering into the open, newsroom-style workspace, Gainesville residents often walk right into the office to chat with employees. Once inside, the juxtaposition of modern and rustic materials and old and new aesthetic captivates visitors and clients, alike. Embracing the building’s charm, very few structural changes have been made to the space. The exposed brick interior and glass exterior were retained and the team designed around these one-of-a-kind details.
Employees are often found working around one communal desk, brainstorming at the shuffleboard table, or having meetings in the main conference room. And off of that space, through an original garage door, 160over90 built a porch that opens up to the Florida sunshine and further extends into the community.
In a city experiencing a creative and technological renaissance—full of innovation, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurialism—160over90 South was inspired to blend its culture with the City of Gainesville.
A special thanks goes out to Abbey Anderson & the team over at 160over90 South for contributing to this post!