Real Art Design Group Adds Flair to Dayton Cityscape
DAYTON, OH (July 21, 2009)—After calling the historic Oregon District its home for more than 20 years, Real Art Design Group relocates to East First Street to a building that’s pure Real Art style.
From the street-side bamboo planters to the unique architectural elements, it’s easy to see that this isn’t your typical office environment. And that’s before you even step inside.
A collaboration between Rogero Buckman Architects (RBA) and Kent Development Group, the Real Art building is a hybrid of the former building and new construction.
“As architects we love to create productive and exciting places for people to live, work, and play,” said Barry Buckman, Principal Architect at RBA. “The folks at Real Art are kindred spirits so together we built a space that not only supports their creative work, but also embodies the exciting dynamic of their studio culture. This is truly a place to work—to work hard—but also to play and to live…creativity comes from the mix.”
Equipped with studios for photography, video and print production, meeting rooms, offices and open work spaces, a roof-top deck, spacious kitchen and dining area and much more, the new building gives Real Art the opportunity to spread out and to prepare for future growth.
“We wanted to make sure we had enough space to grow the business without feeling cramped in two or three years,” said Chris Wire, owner of Real Art Design Group.
Additions such as the video and photography space also enable Real Art to bring some of their off-site shoots in-house and provide even more services to their clients.
“Being able to plan events like photo shoots in our own space will enable us to meet our clients’ needs more efficiently and eventually expand our offerings,” said Wire.
Although a little nostalgic about leaving the neighborhood atmosphere, Real Art employees are excited about the new building and all the opportunities it brings.
“After so many years in the Oregon District, its definitely a little strange to not be there anymore, but the new building gives us more and better resources to do what we do,” said Mark Kargl, a Real Art employee for the last 13 years. “However, as cool as the new building is, it is only a building. What makes us Real Art is who we are, what we do and how we do it.”
And while the city of Dayton has recently received a lot of negative publicity for businesses leaving the area, Wire believes it’s a great location for Real Art.
“I’ve always felt that downtown Dayton is the best place for Real Art,” said Wire. “Whether we’re on Sixth Street or First, we like being a part of the urban atmosphere and downtown arts scene. And we work with a lot of great clients who are located downtown too.”
The new Real Art building is located at 520 East First Street, near the Dayton Dragons field. An open house for family, friends and clients of Real Art is planned for fall 2009.