The once dilapidatingparking 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 courtyardon 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.
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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.
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