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San Francisco 2001

Architectural Design

Architects: Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects

Structural: Watry Design Group


Acoustic: Charles Salter Associates

Photography: Tim Griffith


*Work designed while at Stanley Saitowitz Office


The project occupies a whole depth of a city block between Folsom Street and Shipley Street in the Yerba Buena district of San Francisco. As an antithesis to a typical Victorian style residences seen in all parts of the city, the Profilit-clad glass blocks are a new interpretation of the Victorian House “bay windows” required by code. Despite the low floor-to-ceiling heights, deep and narrow structural grids, the dwelling units are made into very attractive live/work spaces thanks to a fully glazed façade and double-height mezzanine arrangements. All 200 units are rectangular with a uniform width of 4.9m and depths varying from 15 to 20m. The first 4 levels form a "podium", which contain a vast parking garage within.


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