International design firm SOM has just added yet another LEED-certified stunner to their roster of eco-friendly buildings. 350 Mission, a 30-story office tower in San Francisco was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification. Clad in glass and scheduled to officially open this summer, the office building uses passive solar design and green technology to slash energy costs by a third.
Developed by Kilroy Realty Corporation & Management, 350 Mission will be solely occupied by the cloud computing company Salesforce. The building’s most striking feature will be its 50-foot-high transparent lobby, dubbed the “urban living room,” that blurs the lines between the public and private realms. Designed as a privately owned public space, the innovative lobby is designed to draw and encourage non-occupants to “use the urban living room like tenants: for socialization, reflective and collaborative work, and relaxation.”
The glazed space is marked by a large digital artwork displayed on a 70-by-40-foot LED screen and also houses a cafe and signature restaurant, amphitheater seating, and configurable space for pop-up events. “The urban living room is an experiment in the serendipitous and meaningful interactions that occur in great cities,” write the architects. “Success or failure also will influence a growing body of research concerning the contemporary mobile workplace – validating the popularity of casual work environments, as well as the productivity of creative collision, at an unprecedented scale.”
Sustainability is also a major focus of the 350 Mission design. The LEED Platinum-certified building boasts tall ceilings and a high-performance glazed skin that maximizes access to natural daylight and minimizes dependence on artificial lighting. The project also includes zoned under-floor HVAC distribution, insulated cladding to reduce solar heat gain, recycled construction materials, stormwater harvesting for non-potable uses, bicycle storage, and charging stations for electric vehicles.
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