Uber – Lobby Experience

Experience • Interface • Animation

Uber – Lobby Experience

HUSH was approached by Uber to create an interactive lobby experience in Uber’s new headquarters in Mission Bay, San Francisco. They looked to put visitors through a brief journey into the scale and scope of Uber's story.

Zoom: Proximity Based Storytelling

Uber’s mission statement is stated: to bring transportation — for everyone, everywhere. We looked to break down the story into three distinct parts in order to illustrate the vast and varying verticals, interactions, and opportunities that Uber facilitates.

The first idea that we floated to Uber involved a proximal experience. Visitors would be enticed to move deeper into the experiential space since their movement directly affected the visual content within the activation.

The three zones are sketched over architectural renders of the Uber HQ lobby space.

Visitors are prompted to traverse between the three stages of the Uber narrative. As they moved closer, the story would transform from a global perspective to a regional view, all the way down to a personal driver partner story.

A mid-fidelity render of the proximal activation layout.

Zone 1: Passive moments – The overall gesture within the space is taken in upon first entering the lobby. Content exists in the abstract - but a clear connection between architecture, technology, and storytelling is made evident.

Zone 2: Reactive moments – Proximity based reaction creates a constant sense of motion through the space as individuals pass by areas of content that content is pushed continuously throughout the space.

Zone 3: Approach – Moving forward in the space begins to push content further out into the installations, revealing the next story available to be seen. This reactive mode can only be seen when the space is empty and users enter for the first time.

Stream: The Course of a River

The second idea we had involved creating an experience which utilised fluidity as a visual metaphor to convey the complex network of movement, journeys, and pathways that Uber facilitates.

Visitors would walk towards the experience, trigger the interactive LED panels, and activate Uber’s content. Depending on where they are relative to the experience guests would access driver partner stories, learn about Uber’s latest mobility projects, or view the constant stream of Uber’s many data points spanning across the globe.

The team felt this idea carried the most potential since water, fluidity, and liquid could be conveyed in such varied ways. That and the fact that the concept evoked the most amount of movement meant that Stream was the idea that Uber decided to go ahead with.

Using Uber's wealth of content, we excitingly began to experiment with the various materials and digital manifestations that could be communicated within the lobby space.

An animated sketch of how a digitally projected activation could enmesh and engage visitors.

After much sketching and animating different experiential concepts, the architectural designers decided we should cover the lobby space with LED powered tubes. The tubes allowed for text and image content to flow freely through the space in varying fidelities.

Though the LED tubes were rigid, we wanted the content within to behave like a fluid. Content would come in from one end of the lobby to the other – beginning as loose particles that then coalesce. This composition created a compelling effect that translated well for both abstract moving patterns and video footage.

Text would begin almost as shimmering lights in traffic, moving staggered in one direction until they eventually form letters that spell out the names of the many locales where Uber operates.

This experiential activation is currently in construction and will be completed in 2021. Follow Hush Studios on Instagram to get updates on progress!