Welcome to our San Francisco studio
Tucked beneath the Bay Bridge overlooking the water, our studio has certainly carved out its place in the City by the Bay. Inside our LEED Platinum workplace, we spend our days designing a better future for the city around us. Research and purpose are at the forefront of everything we do: we’re committed to innovation for the greater good of our community. And, we’re proud to live up to a California stereotype or two: sustainability is non-negotiable, and keeping our cool is key.
In the aftermath of the 2017 fires, Enchanted Hills Camp now has the opportunity to create a more effective and engaging camp experience. We are reimagining the physical environment to more directly serve the goals of the camp and not only enhance the features and qualities campers already value, but also allow the camp to evolve over time and to better serve its future users.
I think this probably becomes even more true in the age of sustainable architecture. A lot of passive design strategies require specific relationships between parts of the building – size of windows vs. depth of rooms affect passive lighting, height and shapes of spaces can be leveraged for effective ventilation – the list is long! Overall, the “function” of sustainability requires certain forms to work correctly, and therefore can have a significant impact on the resulting form of a building.
The LEED Platinum, Net-Zero Energy Childcare Center we designed for a confidential client was a huge accomplishment that I am very proud of. The structure was built with mass timber, and products were selected and screened according to Perkins&Will’s Precautionary List, to prioritize materials that reduce exposure to harmful substances.
We took a field trip to Nordic Structure’s (the CLT manufacturer for our 1 De Haro project) facility in Chibougamau, central Quebec.
Check out Project Manager Matt Covall’s account of the trip – complete with behind the scenes photos and videos – by clicking HERE.