Trans­for­ma­tive De­sign

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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.

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