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Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition

This week, just two weeks after the three shortlisted teams submitted their revised proposals for Crissy Field, San Francisco’s Presidio Trust unanimously decided to end the competition. Though the competition raised high hopes over its 14-month duration that the Trust would transform the prominent 8-acre site into a "cultural institution of distinction," its fate has been left to the “wind,” as the SFGate’s John King reports. This means, neither George Lucas’ self-titled cultural arts museum, WRNS Studio and the Chora Group’s sustainability institute, or the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s  “park-based” cultural center will be realized. You can view each of the rejected proposals here and more details on the cancelation here

San Francisco's Chrissy Field Proposals Released

The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image
The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image

With the news earlier this year that San Francisco's Presidio Trust was planning a new cultural centre on the former site of a military base, now a national park, further details have emerged on the three finalists. The competition has attracted proposals from George Lucas (for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum), WRNS Studio and the Chora Group (for 'The Bridge'), and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (for the Presidio Exchange). Each proposals offer different visions for the eight acre site, the ex-military building of which currently hosts the retailer Sports Basement.

Tahoe City Transit Center / WRNS Studio

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Location: Tahoe City Transit Center, Tahoe National Forest, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
  • Design Team: Jeff Warner, Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Wright Sherman
  • Drawings: WRNS Studio
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Design Team: Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Pauline Souza, Russell Sherman, David Shiwotsuka
  • Rendering: WRNS Studio
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith

AIA's 2013 Small Projects Awards Recipients

Selections of the AIA's 2013 small project awards have been announced, revealing a broad range of projects, varying in scale, program and function that bring attention to the value of architectural practice no matter the size or scope of the project.  The ten projects were selected on the basis of four categories: small project construction up to $150,000; small project construction up to $1,500,000; up to 5,000 SF project in which the architect played a significant role in construction and or fabrication; and an inbuilt workhorse up to 5,000 SF.  Among the recipients are MIN | DAYKariouk AssociatesJohnsen Schmaling ArchitectsLawrence ArchitectsCooper Joseph StudioRobert M. Gurney, FAIAWRNS Studio, and Edward Ogosta Architecture.

New Adobe Campus in Lehi City / WRNS Studio

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Location: Adobe Way 3900 N, Lehi, UT 84043, USA
  • Project Team: Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Brian Milman, John McGill, Raul Garduno, Moses Vaughn, Jason Halaby, Pauline Souza
  • Associate Architects: GSBS Architects
  • Area: 280000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith

Freidenrich Center for Translational Research / WRNS Studio

© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte
  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Location: Palo Alto, CA, United States
  • Design Team: Kyle Elliott, John Ruffo, Li Kuo, George Klumb, Bryan Shiles, Lih-Chuin Loh, Cathy Barrett, Mette Shenker, Stephanie Hebert
  • Contractor: Devcon Construction Inc.
  • Structural: Universal Structural Engineers
  • MEP: Interface Engineering
  • Specifications: Richard Hubble
  • Civil: Steven Nakashima
  • Landscape: Interstice Architects
  • Client: Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Area: 30,690 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

UCSF Mission Bay Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Location: Mission Bay District, San Francisco, United States
  • Design Team: Sam Nunes, Kyle Elliott, Claire Axley, Ed Kim, Li Kuo, Mette Shenker, Drew Hastings
  • Client: University of California
  • Site Area: 35,000 sqf
  • Area: 223,602 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith

UCSF Mission Bay Block 25A Academic Building Competition Winner / WRNS Studio + Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.

WRNS Studio and Rudolph and Sletten, Inc., recently won a design/build competition for a new faculty office building at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus, which takes cues from the workplaces of high-tech companies. When completed, the 7-story academic office building will house UCSF physicians, faculty, and students in an interdisciplinary, flexible, light-filled environment. Drawing on the principles of the activity-based workplace, the design gives each occupant a “home base” workstation, but also a variety of other spaces for specific work and social activities, ranging from huddle rooms and breakout areas to conference rooms. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hayes Valley Community Clubhouse / WRNS Studio

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Project Team: Bryan Shiles, Brian Milman, Geoff Brown, Jenny Huang, Li Kuo, Rus Sherman, Melinda Turner
  • Landscape Architect: TPL
  • Mep Engineer: Mechanical Design Studio
  • Structural Engineer: Daedalus Structural Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: Luk and Associates
  • Client: The Trust for Public Land
  • Contractor: CLW Construction
  • Area: 2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ken Gutmaker

© Ken Gutmaker © Ken Gutmaker © Ken Gutmaker © Ken Gutmaker

Architecture City Guide: San Francisco

This week we are featuring San Francisco for our Architecture City Guide series.  Thank you to all of our readers for adding their can’t miss buildings last week.  We hope to see your comments below this week too. Follow the break for our San Francisco list and a corresponding map!