Architecture : Demonstrating the Value of Good Design – Arazoo Blog

Form, Function, & Social Responsibility

388 Fulton: David Baker Architects

These recent AIA San Francisco Design Award winners caught our eye for the interesting way their projects demonstrated the “value of good design within the context of historic preservation and social responsibility.”

The 69 studio and two-bedroom apartments of 388 Fulton, designed by David Baker Architects, are the first micro-unit condos in San Francisco and are proving especially popular with students and senior citizens. Featuring restaurants that open out to the sidewalks, scaled residential entries, and ample bike parking instead of a car park, the building perfectly fits into San Francisco’s urban fabric. The building’s facade is clad in glazed tiles, and the entry courtyard provides a “Feng Shui-compliant” decompression zone.

The Boys and Girls Club co-developed the site, and along with DBA, their combined vision successfully transformed an average street corner by giving it scale and place, as well as providing much needed affordable housing in one of America’s most expensive cities.

Big Ranch Road: William Duff Architects

William Duff Architects transformed what was a century-old hay barn into an entertainment pavilion of glass, steel and concrete. The Big Ranch Road project is as much art as architecture and clearly demonstrates that good design and historic preservation should go hand in hand.

With two glass cubes anchoring the space, the ever-changing interplay of landscape, natural light and mirrored reflections enhance the surrounding lush vineyard and modern sculpture garden. New conditioned rooms added within the barn, clad in reclaimed wooden slats, offers a beautiful respite from the wine country summer in San Francisco.

The architectural design of housing on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, completed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, accommodates more than 1,000 students and is built near an existing residence hall. The project creates new apartment-style residences and amenities for students, as well as staff and faculty housing, a dining commons, a cafe, and a convenience store. The site design features the use of biofiltration planters and bioswales to capture and filter stormwater runoff draining into adjacent wetlands.

UCSB, San Joaquin Apartments and Precinct Improvements: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The site’s organization is based on a grid of threaded circulation paths that offers pedestrian and bicycle access to residences and amenities. Divided into three primary precincts, different areas each create a sense of arrival for clusters of student housing and connect to surrounding residential neighborhoods. SOM Architects also designed the site’s Tenaya Towers, which provide student housing and a convenient store. The Tenaya Towers were designed with sustainable features including natural ventilation, rooftop solar hot water collectors, and maximized daylight to reduce energy use.

Click here for the full list of 2018 AIA San Francisco Design Award Winners and information about each project.

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