This repurposed parking garage in San Francisco looks like it's been renovated by Spiderman! The updated LED-lit facade of the concrete building located at 690 Folsom Street was wrapped in a CNC fabricated web-like metal screen that draws attention to the new content inside - like tech start-ups and a restaurant - and livens up the area. San Francisco-based Office of Charles F. Bloszies designed aluminium sheets that envelop the second floor of the building and inserted two rows of LED lights between the original facade and the new screen, with lights that change colors according to a series of programmed scenes.
The once dilapidating parking garage is located in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) district. The property was acquired by Boston Properties who decided to include it in their large development scheme. While the building’s facade received a stunning makeover that transformed it into an eye-catching colorful attraction, the architects also paid attention to the design of the surrounding public spaces-they created a covered courtyard on Folsom Street, while an open area on Third Street became a landscaped public courtyard. Both public spaces will also serve as entrance areas to different parts of the building. The old timber framed roof was completely replaced with a new steel framed structure, while various concrete elements were added inside to improve the building’s seismic resistance.
The architects used Grasshopper, a plug-in for 3D modeling program Rhino, to create the metal facade on the building. Aluminum, stainless steel, glass and concrete were used in the design of the envelope, with board-formed concrete low walls separating different levels and serving as seating structures in the courtyard. The CNC fabricated screens, which give the building its new visual identity, are coated in metallic automotive paint and, when the lights are on at night, create wonderful visual effects.