When designing his ‘Desert Retreat’ San Francisco-based architect Jim Jennings drew inspiration from the landscape, emphasizing in the construction the luminous and rugged nature of the Southern Californian desert.
When designing his ‘Desert Retreat’ San Francisco-based architect Jim Jennings drew inspiration from the landscape, emphasizing in the construction the luminous and rugged nature of the Southern Californian desert.
California studio Edmonds + Lee has refurbished and expanded a gabled-roof dwelling in San Francisco, transforming rooms into light-filled spaces with wood flooring and minimalist decor. Encompassing 3,000 square feet (279 square metres), the Gable House occupies a long, narrow parcel in the city’s Noe Valley neighbourhood. The residence, built in 1908, is owned by
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Succulents and other small plants grow from the tiles that clad this 3D-printed shed, which was designed to offer a solution for the Bay Area’s housing shortage. Located in a backyard in Oakland, California, the Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities was designed by Emerging Objects – a local studio focused on experimental uses of 3D
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A vivid orange stairwell and a canted glass facade are among the modifications that US studio Fougeron Architecture has made to a century-old house in San Francisco. Encompassing 2,500 square feet (232 square metres), the Cut Out House is situated in Noe Valley, an affluent neighbourhood of the city. The project entailed the complete remodel
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Architecture firms Hassell and MVRDV have imagined a scheme featuring floating stadiums, emergency castles and pop-up restaurants, which aims to build resiliency to flooding in South San Francisco and foster the local community. Australian firm Hassell and Dutch firm MVRDV teamed up for Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge ideas contest, which calls for ways to help protect San Francisco and the surrounding
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San Francisco’s tallest skyscraper, designed by US firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, has completed as part of a major development in the city’s Downtown area. Reaching 1,070 feet (326 metres) and 61 storeys tall, the Salesforce Tower celebrated its official opening on 8 January 2018 and will become the headquarters of cloud computing company Salesforce.
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Danish firm BIG has developed a proposal to protect a creek in San Francisco Bay from flooding caused by climate change, which includes building floating villages connected by ferries, a red-hued cycle route, and a highway for autonomous vehicles. BIG developed the scheme with One Architecture + Urbanism (ONE) and Sherwood Design Engineers (Sherwood) as part of
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San Francisco firm Feldman Architecture has completed a townhouse in the city with contrasting front and back facades, and a metal-framed staircase that hosts an indoor swing. Spanning four levels, the residence’s grey-coloured front facade and double-height entry hints at the home’s contemporary interiors, while nodding to the more traditional, monochrome townhouses in the neighbourhood.
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A rusted steel building juts from the San Franciscan earth; an ecological structure shaded by a collection of ancient oaks. This home was designed for a family of four by Californian studio, Faulkner Architects.
A sinking and tilting skyscraper in San Francisco is now at risk of a major cladding fire, according to a report. The investigation looked at the safety of the 58-storey Millennium Tower, which in March of this year was found to have sunk 17 inches (43 centimetres) and tilted 14 inches (36 centimetres) since completion in 2008. It found that
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The work of late gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk will be celebrated in San Francisco’s famous Castro District with a large set of ramping steps, designed by New York architects Perkins Eastman. The stepped memorial will be built on Harvey Milk Plaza, an open square named to commemorate of Milk and his work in
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Ten teams of architects and engineers have been chosen to design solutions that will help San Francisco and the surrounding region combat the effects of climate change. Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge asked entrants to come up with ideas to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels, flooding and earthquakes. As the global climate
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US firm Jensen Architects has revamped a Victorian home in San Francisco with perforated aluminium panels across the back and minimalist interiors to match. The local firm was awarded 2017 AIA San Francisco Historic Preservation Commendation Award for Alamo Square Residence, which features a blend of original and contemporary elements. Victorian houses are a hallmark of San Francisco’s architecture, characterised by
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San Francisco’s sinking skyscraper has descended another inch, but engineers have come up with a potential fix. The Millennium Tower now sits 17 inches (43 centimetres) lower than when it opened in 2008 – down a further inch in the past seven months – according to local news source SFGate. The 58-storey luxury condominium tower
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US studio Edmonds + Lee Architects has used voids, large windows and white-washed interiors to open up this San Francisco property, breaking away from the tightly packed “pancake-style” layout of its neighbours. The Remember House is located on sloped road in San Francisco’s Noe Valley. The team at Edmonds + Lee Architects describes the regular layout of the neighbourhood’s four-storey
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San Francisco firm Schwartz and Architecture has overhauled a single-family home on a steep and narrow site, lifting the existing building to add a storey beneath it, and creating an extension at the back over three levels. The lots that form the Californian city’s urban fabric are defined by a 25-foot (7.6-metre) grid that is “conducive
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The founders of US firm Edmonds + Lee Architects designed this urban dwelling for themselves, including a bright white facade, a slanted roof and retractable glass walls. Located in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighbourhood, the Switchback House sits on a steep road lined with low-scale dwellings. The site was formerly occupied by a modest, one-storey
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This house in San Francisco by local firm IwamotoScott has an angular facade made up of wooden elements, and a layout organised around a central staircase illuminated by a light well. The project is located in Noe Valley, a well-to-do area of the city. The architects were able to develop the property after a dilapidated dwelling on
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San Francisco architecture firm Spiegel Aihara Workshop has extended a 1930s hillside residence by duplicating its layout and stacking it over the original structure, raising the home so it looks over the city’s landmarks. The A-to-Z House sits against an incline that slopes down towards the bay. Despite its ideal location, the residence was previously
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Architecture studio Bureau Spectacular has turned its drawings of bizarre buildings into models for an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Led by designer Jimenez Lai, Bureau Spectacular imagines architecture without the constraints of clients and building regulations – resulting in haphazard forms that are presented as cartoon-like drawings. A selection of these
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Another skyscraper is set for San Francisco’s SoMa district, this time by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The mixed-use skyscraper will rise 37 storeys at 555 Howard Street, close to the Transbay Transit Hub that is currently under construction. The surrounding South of Market (SoMa) area is also undergoing huge development, with tall buildings by Foster
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American studio Jensen Architects aimed to preserve original design elements while transforming a sawtooth-roof industrial building into an arts hub with galleries and event space. Named after its address, 1275 Minnesota Street entailed the adaptive reuse of an industrial building dating to 1937. The two-storey arts centre is located in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district,
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Work has commenced on the development set to include San Francisco’s second-tallest building, designed by UK firm Foster + Partners. The mixed-use Oceanwide Center in the city’s new Transbay neighbourhood will comprise two towers, one of which will rise 61 storeys and 910 feet (277 metres) once completed in 2021. The skyscraper will overtake the
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After abandoning plans in Chicago, Beijing studio MAD has now revealed two new designs for its George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – one for San Francisco, and a different one for Los Angeles. Star Wars creator George Lucas was forced to give up plans to build his film museum on the Chicago lakefront after fierce opposition from locals, so is now
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British firm Adjaye Associates has announced that it will serve as masterplan architect for the redevelopment of The San Francisco Shipyard neighbourhood. The David Adjaye-led studio will work with developer FivePoint to revitalise the waterfront area in the city’s Hunters Point district on the bay side. Earmarked as one of the largest urban developments on
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US studio Fougeron Architecture has completed an urban residential building in a San Francisco neighbourhood that features faceted facades covered with grey rods (+ slideshow). Called 400 Grove, the building is located in the heart of Hayes Valley – a formerly rundown district that has been transformed since an elevated freeway there was razed in More
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San Francisco-based Avava Systems has created a prefabricated micro dwelling with components that are shipped in flat-packed boxes, to enable easier transportation and assembly (+ slideshow). Called Britespace, the home is available in three sizes, with their names — Model 264, Model 352 and Model 480 — reflecting the square footage they encompass. All of More
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Architecture firm Foster + Partners has released a fresh set of renderings showing its Oceanwide Center development for San Francisco’s downtown area, which gained planning approval earlier this year (+ slideshow). The pair of glass towers forms part of the Transbay development in the city’s South of Market (SoMa) neighbourhood. The wider project also involves More
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The tallest residential skyscraper in San Francisco is tilting and sinking, according to reports. Since completing in 2008, the 58-storey Millennium Tower has sunk 16 inches (41 centimetres) and tilted two inches (five centimetres) to the northwest, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. The most recent analysis was done by an independent consultant hired to monitor the More
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Local studio Stephen Phillips Architects has completed a black duplex in San Francisco that aims to challenge the city’s standard housing typologies (+ slideshow). Called Black Mass, the residential building is located in the Hayes Valley neighbourhood, which is dotted with traditional Victorian and Edwardian townhouses. Once a drug haven, the area has undergone a dramatic More
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San Francisco firm Terry & Terry Architecture has transformed a century-old brick building into a design agency’s headquarters, adding a second level that features a folding glass wall and roof terrace (+ slideshow). The project called for creating an office within an existing masonry building for Hybrid Design, a graphic and product design agency. The More
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Kennerly Architecture & Planning has completed a San Francisco residential building with a number of distinctive features, including a perforated metal gate, white plastic cladding and lush landscaping (+ slideshow). Called the Albion Street Residences, the infill building – which contains a townhouse and two apartments – is located in San Francisco’s Mission District. It More
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Critics have had mixed reactions to the Snøhetta-designed extension of Mario Botta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with descriptions ranging from a “good citizen” to a “baked alaska slumped on the skyline”. Now with almost triple the amount of gallery space, the museum welcomed back the public on 14 May 2016 after a three-year renovation More
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Foster + Partners has won planning approval for a pair of faceted glass skyscrapers in San Francisco, which will be among the tallest buildings in the city. The pair of mixed-use blocks known connectively as the Oceanwide Centre will be located in the South of Market (SoMa) neighbourhood, where they will form part of a redevelopment scheme More
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Interview: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens this month with a Snøhetta-designed extension to its original Mario Botta building. In this interview, Snøhetta partner Craig Dykers explains how he tried not to step on the toes of Botta’s Postmodern structure. The Norwegian firm’s addition almost triples the amount of gallery space at SFMOMA, which More
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When it comes to contemporary architecture, San Francisco is a stubborn town. But could change be coming at last? Proposals by high-profile architects such as OMA, Studio Gang and Foster + Partners could bring a more dramatic skyline and a transformed waterfront – if San Francisco’s notoriously persnickety planning system and pressure groups let them More
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is reopening after three years of renovation, including an extension by architecture firm Snøhetta that piggybacks on the original Mario Botta-designed building (+ slideshow). Snøhetta’s striated addition sits behind the Postmodern building completed by Botta in 1995, giving nearly three times more gallery space to the museum. The 235,000-square-foot (21,832 More
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Bay Area illustrator Peter Berkowitz has constructed a tiny wooden bedroom for himself in a friend’s living room to avoid paying San Francisco’s “absurdly high” rents. Berkowitz’s sleeping and working space measures just eight feet long (2.4 metres), 3.5 feet wide (one metre) and 4.5 feet tall (1.4 metres). “Yes, living in a pod is More
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SOM’s San Francisco office has transformed an abandoned cinema into a multipurpose performance and community venue for the American Conservatory Theater, a prominent arts organisation in the Bay Area (+ slideshow). The firm renovated the 20,000-square-foot (6,000 square metres) movie house to create a flexible theatre with two auditoriums, along with with a three-storey lobby and cafe. The building’s cast stone facade was More
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San Francisco-based architecture practice Lundberg Design created the ‘Breuer Cabin‘ that is located in the redwoods of Sonoma County in California, USA. The structure, which is owned by Olle Lundberg, is entirely made of wood and features elements such as a large pool as well as an outdoor kitchen. Using reclaimed materials from the studio’s other projects for […]
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has released the first images of Snøhetta’s near-complete extension building showing its striated facade and atrium. The 235,000-square-foot (21,832 square metres) addition sits behind the institution’s Postmodern Mario Botta-designed home and will more than double the museum’s footprint. The new building’s distinctive facade is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels punctuated by horizontal band […]
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The team led by MAD Architects has presented revised designs for the proposed George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along Chicago’s lakefront (+ slideshow). The controversial project’s square footage has been reduced by 25 percent to 300,000-square-feet (91,440 square metres) and its footprint has been cut by 40 percent. The project has faced lawsuits and […]
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Pomo Summer: Mario Botta’s monumental San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the architect’s first building in the US, but was frostily received by critics. Now undergoing a major extension project led by design firm Snøhetta, the building is the next in our summer series on Postmodernism (+ slideshow). When Mario Botta set out to design a […]
Walls of frameless glazing offer uninterrupted views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay from this 1970s California house, which has been reworked and extended by local studio Swatt Miers Architects (+ slideshow). The golden-hued Garay Residence occupies a hilltop site in Tiburon – half an hour’s drive from San Francisco – and enjoys a 270-degree view of […]
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Taking cues from Japanese gardens, landscape architecture firm Surface Design has created a series of planted terraces for a renovated home in San Francisco (+ slideshow). San Francisco-based Surface Design created the landscaping scheme for the Butterfly House, a multi-storey, mid-century residence that was redesigned in 2013 by local firm John Maniscalco Architecture. The outdoor spaces are composed […]
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Architecture studio SHoP and interior design firm Studio O+A have unveiled plans for a glassy new mini-campus for the firm behind the controversial Uber taxi app (+ slideshow). The two studios were selected by Uber to design its new home in the Mission Bay neighbourhood of San Francisco – the city that has become the […]
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News: a team led by 64North Architecture has won a competition to design a pedestrian and cyclist bridge connecting the San Francisco Bay waterfront and the Palo Alto district – home to some of the world’s leading technology companies. Called Confluence, the winning design is a weathered steel structure that spirals gently up from the […]
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San Francisco studio Azevedo Design has squeezed a small guesthouse featuring a glass mezzanine floor into the old red-brick boiler house of a converted laundry. Azevedo Design has managed to cram a living room, kitchen and an en-suite bedroom inside the 1916-built boiler room that adjoins a timber-framed laundry building in San Francisco – despite it having a footprint […]
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