Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition

Lucas Cultural Arts Museum © Art Zendarski

This week, just two weeks after the three shortlisted teams submitted their revised proposals for Crissy Field, ’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 ’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

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

© Bruce Damonte

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

Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

© Tim Griffith

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

AIA Announces the 2013 Small Projects Award Recipients

Studio for a Composer © John J. Macaulay

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 square foot project in which the architect played a significant role in construction and or fabrication; and an inbuilt workhorse up to 5,000 square feet.  Among the recipients are MIN | DAYKariouk AssociatesJohnsen Schmaling ArchitectsMell Lawrence ArchitectsCooper Joseph StudioRobert M. Gurney, FAIAWRNS Studio, and Edward Ogosta Architecture.

Join us after the break for more information on the ten recipients and the projects that earned the AIA’s recognition for the 2013 small project awards.

New Adobe Campus in Lehi City / WRNS Studio

© Tim Griffith

Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: Adobe Way 3900 N, , 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
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Freidenrich Center for Translational Research / WRNS Studio

© Bruce Damonte

Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: , CA,
Design Team: Kyle Elliott, John Ruffo, Li Kuo, George Klumb, Bryan Shiles, Lih-Chuin Loh, Cathy Barrett, Mette Shenker, Stephanie Hebert
Area: 30,690 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

UCSF Mission Bay Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

© Tim Griffith

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
Site Area: 35,000 sqft
Area: 223,602 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Griffith

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

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WRNS Studio and Rudolph and Sletten, Inc., recently won a design/build competition for a new faculty office building at UC ’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

© Ken Gutmaker

Architect: WRNS Studio
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Bryan Shiles, Brian Milman, Geoff Brown, Jenny Huang, Li Kuo, Rus Sherman, Melinda Turner
Landscape architect: TPL
Client: The Trust for Public Land
MEP Engineer: Mechanical Design Studio
Structural Engineer: Daedalus Structural Engineering
Civil Engineer: Luk and Associates
Contractor: CLW Construction
Project Area: 2,500 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ken Gutmaker

Architecture City Guide: San Francisco

This week we are featuring 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!

Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

© Tim Griffith

Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: , CA,
Project Team: Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Russell Sherman
Project Area: 469,767 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Griffith Photography