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Friday, July 11, 2014

Studio Gang Architects Reveals Design of Twisting San Francisco Skyscraper

Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

Last night Studio Gang Architects unveiled designs of their first ever building in San Francisco,
a 400 foot tall residential tower with an undulating, twisting facade.
Inspired by the bay windows of older local buildings such as 450 Sutter
Street, Studio Gang have added a twist (literally) to the typology
with incremental rotations of the 90-degree bays running vertically up
the facade.

Read on for more details of the design

Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

“What I like about tall buildings (aesthetically) is what you do with the height, the incremental moves along the way,” Jeanne Gang said.
“It’s not just the extrusion of a single form from bottom to top.” The
combined effect of these twists is an undulating facade which ripples
its way up the structure.

The proposed height for the building is 400 foot, however San Francisco
zoning regulations currently limit the height of buildings in the area
to a mere 300 foot. To gain approval, these zoning restrictions would
have to be overturned by the city’s Planning Commission and Board of
Supervisors. Fortunately, the Citizen Advisory Commission already seem
receptive to the idea, voting 7-1 in favour of continued study for both
300- and 400-foot versions of the design.

The exterior skin of the building will be completed in masonry tiles,
however Gang added that the precise material is still being researched:
“We want something light in color, whether it’s terra-cotta or
something else. I’ve been coming through the Bay Area for years, and
it’s so light and colorful. That’s the feel I wanted.”

If approved, the earliest possible date for the start of construction is pegged at 2016.

Architects: Studio Gang Architects

Location: Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Year: 2014

Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

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