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July 3, 2019
Kentfield Residence

July 2, 2019
Spring Ranch in Hollister

Jan 8, 2019
Dry Creek Poolhouse, Geyserville, Sonoma County, Northern California
Dry Creek Poolhouse in Geyserville
photograph : Adam Rouse

Geyserville Building
Anchored by an inventive reuse of local materials on a constrained lot in a beautiful Sonoma County landscape, this project started as a country retreat and evolved into a full-time residence.

Sep 15, 2018
San Francisco Bay Area Resilient Future Report News
MVRDV Presents 5 Recommendations for a Resilient Future
image © 2018 Kubany Judlowe
San Francisco Bay Area Report News
A report titled Too Much + Too Little has been created by MVRDV as part of the NL Resilience Collective, a collaboration with Deltares, Goudappel Coffeng, and ONE architecture. Its goal is to help officials in the United States appreciate the Dutch approach to water management and integral design—an approach that has developed over centuries of dealing with water in a country where around 26% of the land is below sea level.

Aug 25, 2018
Waverley, Palo Alto
Design: Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Waverley Palo Alto Home, California
photograph courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum

Conemporary Palo Alto House
Designed for a young couple on a flat 21,000 sqft lot. The architecture is a study in strong simple composition and highly refined materiality with an emphasis on craft.

Jul 6, 2018
Hanover Page Mill Associates, LLC, Stanford Research Park, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Design: Form4 Architecture
Hanover Page Mill, Palo Alto, California
photo courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum

Hanover Page Mill Palo Alto Building
This LEED Platinum and net-zero electric building is a powerful statement of synthesis between architectural form and energy performance. The spec office was designed using affordable and practical building strategies.

Jul 1, 2018
The Italian Swiss Colony Building Lobby – AIA SF Award
Architects: jones | haydu
The Italian Swiss Colony Building Lobby in San Francisco
photograph : Matthew Millman

The Italian Swiss Colony Building Lobby
This building was designed by Hemenway and Miller and built in 1903. It has been remodeled and repurposed as an office building in the early ’80s as part of the Levi’s Plaza development. The building’s exterior facade and structure are protected by preservation guidelines.

Jun 3, 2018
SOMA Loft Residence
Architects: Studio VARA
Soma Loft Residence in San Francisco
photograph : Bruce Damonte

SOMA Loft Residence
Offering spectacular Bay Bridge views, this two-level loft was an uninspired white box chopped up into many small rooms. Having worked with the owners on another home in the Carmel Valley, the designers wanted to bring a similar warm, modern and spacious character to this loft that celebrates the view while offering two-bedroom suites for overnight guests.

Jun 3, 2018
Big Ranch Road Retreat in the Napa Valley
Design: WDA (William Duff Architects)
Big Ranch Road Retreat in Napa Valley
photograph © Matthew Millman Photography

Napa Valley Barn Renewal
WDA has been awarded a coveted Merit Award by the American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIA SF) chapter for its daring and whimsical renovation of a Napa Valley rustic barn into a family retreat. WDA specializes in delivering thoughtful, innovative architecture across multiple sectors throughout the Bay Area.

Jan 22, 2018
Salesforce Tower
Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli
San Francisco’s tallest building officially opens.

The 1.42 million-sqft tower at First and Mission streets opened Monday.

Top of the Salesforce Tower Building in San Francisco:
Salesforce Tower Building San Francisco
images courtesy of architects

At 1,070 feet it overtook the previous tallest building in the city, the 853-foot Transamerica Pyramid, the highest tower since 1972.

Salesforce Tower Building

Aug 21, 2017
Golden 1 Center Sacramento Building
Design: AECOM with DZ Architects
Golden 1 Center Sacramento
image courtesy of architects

Golden 1 Center Sacramento Building
The new Golden 1 Center is the most technically advanced venue of its type and the first indoor venue to achieve the U.S Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.

Aug 12, 2017
Academic Center at College of Marin, Kentfield
Design: TLCD Architecture + Mark Cavagnero Associates
College of Marin Academic Center Building
photo : Tim Griffith

College of Marin Academic Center Building
This new building has transformed the College of Marin’s Kentfield campus. The design thoughtfully engages existing buildings and landscape, to create a new sense of community.

Aug 5, 2017
Oceanwide Center San Francisco Building
Design: Foster + Partners
Oceanwide Center San Francisco Building
images courtesy of architects

Oceanwide Center San Francisco Building
Situated in the rapidly changing Transbay Area of San Francisco, close to Market and the financial district, the two million square foot Oceanwide Center development comprises two high-rise towers, along with impressive new public spaces and important new pedestrian links through downtown. Together, the buildings provide 1.35 million square feet of office space and 650,000 square feet of residential units.

Aug 1, 2017
Salesforce Transit Center, South of Market
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Salesforce Transit Center Building
images courtesy of architects

Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco
The Salesforce Transit Center will be a multimodal transit station in downtown San Francisco, linking 11 transit systems and connecting the city to the region, the state, and the nation. The innovative, highly sustainable design is currently under construction.
The complex will include a 5.4-acre rooftop park that will anchor the growth of a new mixed-use neighborhood. The soaring light-filled spaces will give San Francisco a grand entrance.

Jun 26, 2017
Arch at Zero 2017 Competition
Location: Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC), Tiburon, California
Architecture at Zero 2017 Competition
image courtesy of Architecture at Zero
Architecture at Zero Competition
Architecture at Zero is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering, and planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design.

Jun 21, 2017
A-to-Z House
Architects: SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop
A-to-Z House
photography: Bruce Damonte

A-to-Z House in San Francisco Building
A modest home expands through aggregation, multiplying scaled versions of the original A-type pulled along a twisted Z axis. The result is a double offset – a 2nd story structure to capture sweeping views and a voided landscape carved into the hillside. New forms combine with the old, erasing boundaries.

Jun 20, 2017
Bambu Shoppe Desserts and Drinks, Millbrae, California
Design: Diebel and Company, Architects
Bambu Shoppe
photo © Kevin Ng Photography, San Francisco

Bambu Shoppe along El Camino Real
Bambu Shoppe is and dessert and drink restaurant located along historic El Camino Real, which dates to California’s Spanish colonial past. It is a counter-service cafe for Chè, a Vietnamese word for home-made beverages, dessert drinks and puddings.

Jun 17, 2017
Apple Campus 2, Cupertino, San Jose
Design: Foster + Partners with Arup
Apple Campus 2 building in San Jose
image from Apple

Apple Campus 2 Building

Jun 17, 2017
Alamo Square House
Design: Jensen Architects
Alamo Square Residence San Francisco
image from architects

Alamo Square House
Upon entering, the house is punctured with light from above and is organized around a sculptural staircase. The form of the stair, a twisted volume, alternates wood-clad solids with light-filled voids. The stair culminates at the roof with sweeping views that connect back to the historic city and the Bay beyond.

Oasis: Silicon Valley Technology Center, Santa Clara

Choy Residence in San Francisco

Google Bay View Complex

Dec 9, 2016
Oceanwide Center
Design: Foster + Partners, architects
Oceanwide Center in San Francisco
image : dbox/Foster + Partners/Heller Manus Architects

Oceanwide Center in San Francisco

Nov 10, 2016
Hupomone Ranch, Chileno Valley, near Petaluma, Sonoma County, California
Design: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, Architects
Hupomone Ranch in Chileno Valley
photo courtesy of architects

Hupomone Ranch in Chileno Valley

Nov 10, 2016
New Open Office Space in Mill Valley
Design: Studio VARA, architects
New Open Office Space in Mill Valley
photograph : Bruce Damonte

New Open Office Space in Mill Valley

Nov 13, 2013
Golden State Warriors Arena
Design: Snøhetta + AECOM
Golden State Warriors Arena San Francisco
image from architect

“Right now, Piers 30-32 are a $50 million liability to the city – it’s literally crumbling into the Bay. Every other previous developer has walked away because of the huge cost of fixing the pier. Well, we’ve got a vision for what this incredible location could be, and we’re stepping up,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors.

May 29, 2013
SFMOMA Expansion
Design: Snøhetta
SFMOMA Expansion
The controversial proposals include a plan to demolish the Mario Botta staircase. The consensus appears to be that this new San Francisco building is too large and that the celebrated Norwegian architects have yet to find a design that meets widespread public approval.

Mar 4, 2013
Facebook Campus Expansion, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, San Francisco Bay Area
Design: Frank Gehry architect of Gehry Partners, LLP
Facebook Campus Menlo Park
The Facebook Campus Project includes two sites and is being developed in phases. The 56.9 acre East Campus at 1 Hacker Way was previously occupied by Sun Microsystems (better known as Oracle). The site has been developed with 9 buildings, containing around 1,036,000 square feet.

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