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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.

A-to-Z House
Architects: SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop
A-to-Z House
photography: Bruce Damonte
A-to-Z House in San Francisco Building – Jun 21, 2017
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.

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 – Jun 20, 2017
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.

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

Alamo Square House
Design: Jensen Architects
Alamo Square Residence San Francisco
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Alamo Square House – Jun 17, 2017
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, Santa Clara
Oasis: Silicon Valley Technology Center, Santa Clara

Choy Residence
Choy Residence in San Francisco

Google Bay View Complex
Google Bay View Complex

Oceanwide Center
Design: Foster + Partners, architects
Oceanwide Center in San Francisco
image : dbox/Foster + Partners/Heller Manus Architects
Oceanwide Center in San Francisco – Dec 13 + 9, 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 10, 2016

Kentfield Residence, Sonoma
Architecture: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Kentfield House
photograph : David Wakely
Kentfield Residence, San Francisco – Nov 8, 2016

Glass Wall House, San Mateo, California
Design: Klopf Architecture
Glass Wall House
photograph © 2016 Mariko Reed
Glass Wall House in San Mateo – Nov 8, 2016
Klopf Architecture, Arterra Landscape Architects and Henry Calvert of Calvert Ventures Designed and built a new warm, modern, Eichler-inspired, open, indoor-outdoor home on a deeper-than-usual San Mateo Highlands property where an original Eichler house had burned to the ground.

Sonoma Residence
Architecture: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Sonoma Residence
image : Matthew Millman
Sonoma Residence, San Francisco – Nov 8, 2016
The site, a meadow dotted with magnificent oaks, gently slopes down to a spring fed pond creating an unusually lush landscape.

Portola Valley Ranch
Design: Feldman Architecture
Portola Valley Ranch
photograph : Joe Fletcher
Portola Valley Ranch in San Francisco – Nov 7, 2016
When the clients, a young family with two children, approached Feldman Architecture, they had already cultivated a deep familiarity with this Portola Valley site, aware of how the wind moves across the flat lot, where the light strikes in the afternoon, and the best vantage points to capture views of Windy Hill and the skyline beyond.

Overlook Guest House, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County
Design: Schwartz and Architecture
Overlook Guest House
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House in Los Gatos – Feb 23, 2016

Golden State Warriors Arena – Nov 13, 2013
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.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco – nominated for Best Restaurant Award
Design: CCS Architecture
Grand Hyatt on Union Square, San Francisco
photo : Paul Dyer, San Francisco
CCS recently completed a total renovation to the restaurant, bar and lobby at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco. The restaurant, OneUP, has been nominated for the Hotel & Property Category in the International Design & Architecture Awards.

One Kearny Club – Aug 12, 2013
Design: Page & Turnbull
One Kearny Club San Francisco
photo © Matthew Millman
Page & Turnbull, California’s leading architecture and historic preservation firm with offices in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, is pleased to unveil its newest project, the One Kearny Club. Located on the eleventh floor of San Francisco’s historic and newly renovated One Kearny building, the 6,400-sqft One Kearny Club houses an executive business center, conference facility, and commercial kitchen.

The Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford University – Aug 5, 2013
Design: Aidlin Darling Design, Architects
Windhover Contemplative Center Building
image from architects
This building on the campus of Stanford University recently broke ground. The architects, recipients of the Smithsonian’s 2013 National Design Award, used Nathan Oliveira’s meditative Windhover paintings as inspiration to design the one-story, 4,000 sqft spiritual retreat to promote personal renewal.

SFMOMA Expansion
Design: Snøhetta
SFMOMA Expansion, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Building
image © Snøhetta
SFMOMA Expansion – May 29, 2013
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.

Stanford University Medical Center Project Renewal
Design: Rafael Viñoly Architects
The New Stanford Hospital California building design
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The New Stanford Hospital – May 14, 2013
Rafael Viñoly Architects announces the official “Groundbreaking” of The New Stanford Hospital, as part of the Stanford University Medical Center: Project Renewal. Wednesday May 1, University and medical center leadership gathered at an in an exclusive event to mark this milestone in the project’s construction and design, scheduled for completion in 2017. The new hospital will be open for patient care in early 2018.

Golden State Warriors Sports and Entertainment Arena
Design: Snøhetta + AECOM
Golden State Warriors Arena San Francisco
image from architect
Golden State Warriors Arena – May 8, 2013
updated design of their new sports and entertainment arena on the waterfront at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco. “This new design by Snøhetta and AECOM builds on the first draft we released to create an arena experience on the waterfront that is unique, community-focused and unlike any other venue in existence around the world,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors.

Facebook Campus Expansion, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, San Francisco Bay Area
Design: Frank Gehry architect of Gehry Partners, LLP
Facebook Campus Expansion Menlo Park
photo from facebook
Facebook Campus Menlo Park – Mar 22, 2013
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.

Google Bay View Complex, Mountain View, Clara County, CA
Design: NBBJ
Google Bay View Complex San Francisco
image from NBBJ
Google Complex Mountain View – Mar 4, 2013
Google occupies some of the most famous offices in the world – think cafés everywhere you look, treadmills with laptops attached to them, pool tables and bowling alleys, green buildings, and vegetable gardens – but not one of the places in which the company’s 35,000+ employees work has been built by the company.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, south of San Francisco
Design: Ennead Architects with Fisher Dachs Associates and Nagata Acoustics
Bing Concert Hall Building
photograph © Jeff Goldberg
Bing Concert Hall – Nov 28, 2012
this new building was created with the total audience experience very much at the forefront. Its seats are arranged in a “vineyard” format, with seating sections ringing the stage and beginning on the same level as the performance platform. The result will be a concert experience of unparalleled intimacy. Complementing the artistic presentations will be amenities such as customer-service areas to spacious restroom facilities, a café and a picturesque foyer that opens onto a graceful veranda.

434 House, Palo Alto
Design: Diebel and Company
434 House, Palo Alto Residence
photos : Kevin Ng Photography
Palo Alto House – Mar 19, 2012
The home flows among three domains for public and private uses and is planned to take advantage of daylighting and the surrounding landscape. The living and dining room space maximizes the interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Stanford University Law School Building, Palo Alto
Design: Ennead Architects
William H. Neukom Building - Stanford University Palo Alto
photograph © Aislinn Weidele
Stanford University Building

Architecture and the City Festival San Francisco 2011

San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 Renovation
Design: Gensler, Architects
San Francisco International Airport: SFO Terminal 2
photograph © Bruce Damonte
San Francisco International Airport

25 Lusk
Design: CCS Architecture
Twenty Five Lusk - 25 Lusk San Francisco, South of Market
photo from CCS Architecture
25 Lusk San Francisco

San Francisco Architecture

San Francisco Buildings : A-Z list, no images

Featured San Francisco Buildings, alphabetical:

Congregation Beth Sholom Synagogue
Design: Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects
Beth Sholom Synagogue, San Francisco
photograph : Rien van Rijthoven
San Francisco Synagogue

Contemporary Jewish Museum, Mission St
Architects: Studio Libeskind
Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco
photo © Andrew McRae
Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco

de Young Museum
Design: Herzog & de Meuron Architects
San Francisco museum building

Federal building
Design: Morphosis Architecture
San Francisco Federal building

The Plant Café, Pier 3, The Embarcadero
Design: CCS Architecture
Plant Café Pier 3 San Francisco Building, The Embarcadero
photo : Kelly Barrie
San Francisco Cafe Design
The Plant: Cafe Organic occupies two historic, waterfront buildings at Pier 3, straddling what was once a railroad passage, which CCS Architecture has modified to create a full-service, 112-seat restaurant and a separate, counter-service cafe. The Plant is one of the “greenest” restaurants in San Francisco–and one of the few in the country with a rooftop solar PV system for on-site, electrical energy production.

Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building, University of California
Design: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building
photograph Courtesy Bruce Damonte
Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Mario Botta / HOK
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA
picture © Andrew McRae
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Trinity Place
Trinity Place buildings

University of California
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects
Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building

V. C. Morris Gift Shop, 140 Maiden Lane – off Union Square
Frank Lloyd Wright
V. C. Morris Gift Shop, 1948 by Frank Lloyd Wright
photo from Xanadu Gallery
Xanadu Gallery located in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright building

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de Young Museum San Francisco architects : Herzog & de Meuron

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition : Patterns of Speculation

Golden Gate Bridge
Irving F. Morrow / Gertrude C. Morrow
Golden Gate Bridge

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New Architectural Designs in SF Bay Area

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American Architects

California Architecture : building images

Elk Grove Civic Centre, Sacramento, CA, USA
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects

San Francisco Jewish Museum architect : Eric Owen Moss

American Architecture : major architectural developments + building designs

Californian Architects : Frank Gehry

Morphosis Architects

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