At first glance, it’s hard to imagine that this gorgeous light-lled building was once an uninspiring concrete monolith. Perkins + Will, have transformed the 1940s military warehouse in San Francisco into the LEED Gold-certified Bay Area Metro Center. Constructed with recycled materials, this eight-story adaptive reuse project features soaring ceilings with state-of-the-art offices, community hearing spaces, a boardroom, and ground floor retail. Located at 375 Beale Street, this massive 5,25,000 sq. ft. building once served as a navy supply warehouse during World War II and exuded an air of impenetrability with its fortress-like facade. Perkins + Will and interior design firm TEF did away with the monolith’s bleak appearance with the addition of ample glazing, and an seven-story-tall atrium that floods the building with natural light. The transformation creates a welcoming and collaborative environment that consolidates four government agencies and offers diverse amenities including retail, workspaces, open coffee bars, and even bike storage.