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UE Nominated for Orchids and Onions Interior Design Award

Underground Elephant’s brand new headquarters, located in East Village’s warehouse district, was recently nominated for a San Diego Architectural Association Orchid Interior Design Award. Designed by Basile Studios, Underground Elephant’s office is being recognized for it’s unique warehouse office concept, which is complete with an indoor schoolhouse, five 100-year old olive trees, a multitude of collaborative meeting spaces, and local art installments.

Stacy Mendes, UE’s Vice President of Culture, managed the office’s build out and worked on each detail of the office with Basile Studios. “From the Sierra Nevada salvaged wood used for the schoolhouse, to the apricot fruit crate coffee tables, each corner of this office has a detailed story,” she says. Stacy continues, “The space is not only visually enticing, but it enables our culture to thrive; creative ideas can be cultivated in any one of our many unique open spaces, and our bar area serve as community gathering place for employees to both collaborate and celebrate. Being a part of the project was truly incredible, and we are excited to be recognized with this nomination.”

Orchids & Onions is a  non-profit organization “dedicated to the education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design,” holding annual awards ceremonies that highlight San Diego’s greatest community achievements in architecture, design, and historic preservation. Other nominated projects this year include restaurants, apartment buildings, open plazas, and schools throughout San Diego county.  The Orchids and Onions award ceremony will be held on October 13th at Spreckels Theater, with a reception at the newly opened Horton Plaza Park, which has also been nominated for an award in the Historic Preservation category. To read more about Underground Elephant’s nomination and see the other nominated projects, click here.