Building O

San Francisco, California
Activating a New Urban Block

Being located in the Dogpatch, one of San Francisco’s fastest-evolving neighborhoods, we wanted Buildings O&M to activate the neighborhood with contextual design elements and public amenities, contributing to a pleasant and walkable neighborhood feel.

Despite the challenges posed by the site, which is adjacent to the I-280 Freeway to the west and the 18th street overpass to the north, Buildings O&M provide a peaceful courtyard and storefront to activate a up-and-coming neighborhood. Along with a newly designed Arts Plaza at the south-east corner, and the nearby Esprit Park, Buildings O&M offers lively, communal spaces to this growing neighborhood.

The Cafe on the Ground Floor of Building O
What Makes it Cool

Achieved through a unique collaboration between two architectural firms, the result is two distinct, yet complementary buildings that reflect a true Urban block.

Building O Fits in with the Neighborhood
Glass Bay Windows Pop Out to Connect Residents with the Neighborhood
Strategy for Success
“I knew Peter and Owen and their work, which is individually distinct yet could be compatible together. I felt they could create something special for the burgeoning Dogpatch neighborhood.”

Lou Vasquez, Partner and Co-founder at BUILD

Project Team

Peter Pfau