- INTERSTICE Architects
- San Francisco
- 1–5 Stockwerke
This project is as a minimalist “open-ended” event space for an avid maker-client and his creative partners to experiment and ideate. Located in the central Mission district of San Francisco, this simple plywood-lined tube serves as a hybrid space for office, event space, laboratory and workshop all organized around a single three level vertical service core clad with reclaimed myrtle wood.
This unencumbered volume integrates circulation, aperture, glazing and high performance systems to prioritize flexibility and future change. The original auto repair garage building was mostly demolished to allow the new generously “open” (both formally and programmatically) tube-like volume to connect the street to a private outdoor rear-yard workspace at the rear of the site. Maximizing glazing on both ends allowed for natural light and passive cross ventilation, including a fully retractable skylight at its core, where one can access the native meadow roof garden.
The core vertically consolidates all the functions of mechanical room, wet-lab, kitchen and bathrooms within a three level column. Accessed by a sculptural twisting stair, the service “column” allows the mezzanine office to be isolated from the workshop volume with glass curtains at two strategic locations. The glass street façade seamlessly integrates both vehicular and pedestrian access from Minna Street and de-materializes the dense urban fabric in which it is inserted, creating a shimmering, smooth surface that reflects the sky by day, and a glowing interior by night.