690 Folsom Street


An abandoned parking garage stood as an eyesore on a prominent corner as buildings around it were transformed to meet the demand for office space in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district. Boston Properties acquired the site as part of a larger development and asked for a distinctive, eye-catching makeover of the existing concrete structure.

Parametrically modeled forms are the rage in architectural studios worldwide, but are rarely built, especially for corporate developers operating in aesthetically timid cities like San Francisco. 690 Folsom proves that a client-driven design with an avant-garde timestamp can be an appropriate stitch in the urban fabric, no matter how conservative the city may be.


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