A Neighborly Intervention: 270 Brannan Street

Pfau Long Architecture (now Perkins and Will) as Architects

Few modern office buildings have been constructed in the city’s South End Historic District, the former warehouse area immediately south of the Bay Bridge. But San Francisco–based SKS Partners and Mitsui Fudosan purchased a rectangular site there, located at the southern edge of Rincon Hill. Brannan is a busy east-west street with a number of historic office and residential loft buildings; De Boom is a pedestrian-oriented alley at a higher elevation, close to South Park. SKS and Mitsui Fudosan asked Pfau Long Architecture to design a contemporary building that would appeal to single or multiple tech tenants. This meant a sensitive intervention that would work with the older brick buildings nearby but also be as flexible as possible for unknown users.

 

We decided to reflect the topography of the hill in the design and weave a circulation system that permitted entrances on both streets. What would be cooler than an address of One De Boom? The main entrance on Brannan will have a staffed reception lobby, while the De Boom entrance will be for employees and have its own lobby, which will help further activate this wonderfully scaled alley.

270 BRANNAN

Meyer Studio Land Architects as Landscape Architects

In the heart of San Francisco’s tech-centered SOMA district, MSLA collaborated with Pfau Long Architects to create a communal courtyard for a new office building. The courtyard features an innovative glass roof that makes the outdoor space climatically comfortable and simultaneously functions as a sustainable water feature. Punctuating a central spine, a family of mobile, customized furnishings allow people to congregate and work, recline and socialize in multiple configurations. The courtyard provides a seamless inside-outside connection, strongly integrating architecture and landscape.

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