Bryant Street Office Building
San Francisco, California
This speculative office structure on two lots in the South of Market is limited to 5,000 square feet on each lot because planning regulations otherwise require more on-site parking that the site can accommodate. With economy in mind, and to recall the industrial / warehouse feeling of the vicinity, the building was designed as repetitive bays of equal spans with repeating triangular- shaped gable roofs becoming the dominant forms of the facade. The ground floor space is designed with large glazed openings to allow retail/ showroom type occupancy (the site is across the street from the Show Place Square area).
Parking is provided at the rear of the site both to minimize the visual impact of the cars and to maintain a friendlier pedestrian-level relationship to ground floor uses.
The second and third floors are designed as flexible office spaces each with inset decks and full-height glass doors which allow light to wash in at floor level. Regularized windows and recurring larger openings additionally allude to the context as well as provide general and specific day lighting to the interiors of the building. Skylights running along the ridge of each roof admit light to inner areas of the third floor spaces. Windows along the north give balanced light for the interiors and views to the city from the top floor.