Weekend in SF

Day 1:




Minnesota Street Project, Dogpatch SF. Jensen Architects.

I thought this monumental wooden stair was a beautiful and versatile addition to the museum space. Visible once you enter, it draws you into the space and serves as both circulation and sitting. Its simple design compliments the industrial feeling of the renovated warehouse.

While visiting the Minnesota Street Project, I had several questions regarding construction. Most questions focused on how they were able to leave structural steel exposed. This photo captures the exposed structural steel as well as the depth of the steel beam. The deep beam allows the building’s mechanical and electrical systems to fit underneath it.


616 20th Street, Dogpatch SF. Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects.

I was intrigued by how apartment building successfully captures views of the bay and shades Westerly light all while fitting within tight property lines. The individual apartments have simple, open floor plans and “pods” comprised of the closet, kitchen, mechanical units. The idea of having one “core” within a building is something I want to explore this quarter.

Day 2:




Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland. Skidmore Owings and Merrel (SOM).

The Cathedral was a remarkable site to experience. SOM experiments with how light can enter a space. In the main sanctuary, light is filtered through screens and wooden louvers. In adjacent chapels and prayer rooms light comes in through openings from above (as pictured) as well as windows running along the floor. SOM designed the Cathedral to be primarily day lit. As a result, most spaces have two or more sources of natural light which creates a unique experience.


C.V. Starr East Asian Library, UC Berkeley. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA).

This photo captures the large skylight at the top of the library that funnels light through the floors all the way to the basement. The intersecting and folding roof plans bounce and direct the light through the stair courts and atriums.

Day 3:


Original Museum Entrance Featuring Sky Bridge. SF MOMA.

SF MOMA’s original museum entrance features a prominent round atrium. A skylight at the top of the atrium filters abundant natural light into the grey and black granite lobby. On the fifth floor of the museum, visitors can walk out onto the transparent sky bridge and peer down at the lobby below. I was intrigued by how the skylight affects the quality of light in a space.



Cloud Cities Exhibit. SF MOMA.

Cloud Cities is a recent architectural exhibit at the museum. Within the exhibit, several clusters of wire, mirror, string, and balloons form interconnecting circuits and a network of forms. Clusters with balloons at their centers (as pictured) hovered above the ground only tied down by faint fishing line and appeared to be floating.

New Museum Addition, SF MOMA. Snøhetta.

The newest addition currently exhibits work by Richard Serra and acts as privately owned public space (POPS) for SF.

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