Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room, San Francisco, Californian Office Building,

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room in San Francisco

20 September 2023

Design: TEF Design

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

Photos by Mikiko Kikuyama

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room, USA

Known as the Temazcal Room, this newly developed amenity space, located off the main lobby of the Bay Area Metro Center in downtown San Francisco, provides a flexible, light-filled venue designed for a wide range of uses to support office tenants working above. The buildout is one of multiple interior development projects designed by TEF within the building, including the top four floors, as part of the award-winning transformation of the c.1942 former post office, into a shared headquarters for the Bay Area’s most progressive government agencies a few years prior.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

The design team was charged with articulating a vision for the 4,274-square-foot space, the last remaining cold shell on the ground floor, and crafting a setting to advance the culture and purpose of the building’s anchor tenants: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Association of Bay Area Governments, and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Extensive engagement revealed the need for informal social interaction and communication on the ground floor to support meetings in the adjacent Board Room as well as activities in the conference center located across the lobby.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

It was also important to reinforce culture and collaboration across organizations, through assembly and events, ranging from staff celebrations to press conferences, as well as provide a potential revenue-generating asset when not in use by tenants.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

Its design leverages soaring ceiling heights and north and west facing windows of the same measure that connect occupants with the urban fabric of the city just outside its doors, including stunning views to the skyline and an adjacent, landscaped pedestrian mall.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

Multiple “rooms” within the space facilitate diverse simultaneous uses, supported by furniture and space planning that prioritize efficient circulation and flexibility. Infrastructure for catering – featuring a food service/ cafe bar and back of house kitchen – and extensive audio-visual technology for conference, performance, and assembly events, are seamlessly integrated.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

Existing conditions, ranging from uneven floor slabs to base building infrastructure constraints and poor acoustical performance, were key challenges. The design team worked closely with acoustical consultants Salter to develop sound-absorbing solutions to the preponderance of concrete surface throughout the space, including the installation of acoustic gyp at soffits, fabric panel walls and acoustic baffles.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

Uneven floors were addressed with a leveling compound that mimics the surface quality and aggregate of the existing concrete. And different ceiling heights within the space were reconciled by integrating a soffit that conveniently conceals HVAC systems.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

The main “room” – stretching across the length of the space from the lobby entrance to the exterior plaza – prioritizes flexibility to accommodate different uses, with its proximity to the projection system, three large screens, and additional monitor mounts, and its adjacency to the cafe/bar and kitchen amenities. Design features include a custom tile backsplash that provides a colorful backdrop to the cafe/bar, and a large, custom table on casters – utilizing the same recycled wood from the demolished Transbay Terminal wood piles nearby used in the TEF-designed coffee bars on the upper floors – to facilitate its mobility. Adjacent seating areas, featuring furniture and built-ins, were designed to support a variety of more intimate activities and socializing. Finishes and colors throughout the space reference the design of the building’s upper floors for cohesion, with the addition of custom seating designed for the outdoor plaza, its pop of orange, an additional reference to the interior palette of the regional agency headquarters housed at the top of the building.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

As an assembly and commercial space within a government building, the design team shepherded the project through review and approvals by the Division of the State Architect and State Fire Marshal to meet the highest standards for life-safety and accessibility.

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room in San Francisco, California, USA – Building Information

TEF Design team
Paul Cooper, Principal In Charge
Bobbie Fisch, Consulting Principal
Samantha Rose, Designer
Rachel Hammond
Paul Leoffler

Project Team
Architecture and Interiors: TEF Design
Contractor: Swinerton
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: MHC Engineers
Structural: Holmes
Lighting: Silverman & Light
Acoustical, AV/Telecom, Security Engineer: Salter
Foodservices: Webb Foodservice Design
Client: Bay Area Headquarters Authority

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room

Photography: Mikiko Kikuyama

Bay Area Metro Center Temazcal Room, San Francisco, California images / information received 200923

Location:San Francisco, CA, United States of America

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