Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio

Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio - Windows, Facade, Garden, Courtyard
Courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio
San Francisco, United States

Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio - Windows, FacadeRibbons / Cliff Garten Studio - GardenRibbons / Cliff Garten Studio - Concrete, GardenRibbons / Cliff Garten Studio - Image 5 of 11Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio - More Images+ 6

  • Commissioned By: General Service Administration
  • Budget: 460,000.00 for sculpture, not including landscape
  • Client: Don Douglass, Gerneral Services Administration, Public Building Services + Construction Division
  • City: San Francisco
  • Country: United States
More SpecsLess Specs
Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio - Windows, Facade
Courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio

Ribbons is a landscape sculpture for the Art and Architecture Program of the General Services Administration, at 50 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, CA. The courtyard design transforms the classical symmetry of the 1932 Arthur Brown building, by inserting a sculptural matrix of paving, seating, fountains and planting into the building’s 20,000 sq. ft. courtyard.

Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio - Windows, Garden
Courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio

Garten re-envisioned the two classical fountains in Arthur Brown’s original 1932 plan (which were never built) as contemporary granite forms. These forms are part of a larger horizontal vocabulary of an elongated classical motif of concrete paving ribbons set into a larger pervious surface of decomposed granite. Elegant cast concrete benches rise from, twist and fall back into these paving ribbons giving a rhythmically punctuated circulation system throughout the courtyard.

Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio - Garden
Courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio

These sculptures made of recycled and cast concrete give the impression that the horizontal surface has been lifted to create a three dimensional interwoven form and create points of rest in the courtyards circulation system. The green character of the courtyard is based on simple sustainable technologies, with low water, shade tolerant planting beneath a grove of 32 white birch trees that create vertical dimension between the active ground plane and the buildings white brick walls. Ribbons cuts a sensitive line between the preservation of the historical architecture and the adaptive reuse of the Federal Building by the GSA and its aggressive Sustainability initiative for the project under GSA’s Design Excellence Program.

Floor Plan

Project gallery

See allShow less

Project location

Address:Union Street Plaza Garage, 2001 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Click to open map
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Cite: "Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio" 18 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/458656/ribbons-cliff-garten-studio> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.