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Situated in San Francisco’s South of Market District, known as SoMA, this award winning development was designed by Stanley Saitowitz and his firm Natoma Architects. Located adjacent to the Yerba Buena Gardens and just blocks from the Museum of Modern Art MoMA, The Four Seasons, Bloomingdale's and an assortment of great restaurants, the architecturally significant building is considered by the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture to be one of the most significant structures built between 1998 and 2003. In addition, Yerba Buena Lofts won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Excellence Award (Best of the Bay) in 2003 and received notice from The New York Times, Architectural Record, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly and San Francisco Magazine.

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The Development's boxy design and exposed concrete make it distinct from other lofts. Although Yerba Buena lofts were newly designed, the project has the feel of a converted building. The light-filled, open and spacious floor plans, which characterize the living spaces, are supported by a "flying form" structural system. Pankow and Watry Design collaborated to determine this approach which allowed the giant form table to be re-used on every level. This system took careful structural attention to detail and saved both money and months on the construction schedule.

Developed by Ed Tansev of Tansev & Associates, Starwood Capital Group and Union Labor Life Insurance Groupna, the 200 units range from 800 to 1,500 square feet and feature many added features such as stainless steel kitchen appliances, gray stained maple European cabinets, black granite counter tops, Moen pull-out faucets and tiled baths with vessel vanity sinks fed by Newport brass fixtures.

Work was performed by the Watry Design Group.

Project Details

  • Owner: see above
  • Design Architect: Natoma Architects
  • Contractor: Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.
  • Project Status: Completed in 2003
  • Levels: 3