Contract - January/February 2011 - (Page 82)

interiors awards public space By Jennifer Thiele Busch Photography by Tim Griffith LightFold - One Kearny Lobby One Kearny Group location: San Francisco designer: IwamotoScott Architecture project: client: San Francisco developer Derrick Chang had an artistic dilemma when he combined three buildings from different eras in the city’s downtown Gallery District—including a turn-of-the-century structure that survived the great earthquake of 1906, a 1960s design by Charles Moore, and new construction by the office of Charles Bloszies. But the dilemma was not beyond the capabilities of local architecture firm IwamotoScott Architecture. The new structure formed was One Kearny Street, a speculative commercial building with office space, ground floor retail, and a public roof terrace. “The project footprint was from corner to corner, from property line to property line, so there was no good place for public art,” explains Chang, referring to the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) mandate that all new construction in the city dedicate two percent of its construction budget to some form of public art. Enter Craig Scott and partner Lisa Iwamoto, whose firm IwamotoScott is known for its sitespecific installations and experimentation with materials. “As part of the brief, [Chang] hoped to have the building lobby be counted as two percent for public art,” says Scott, adding, “It’s unusual for the SFAC to consider architecture as art.” IwamotoScott’s design solution, which indeed was accepted by SFAC as qualifying for public art, transforms the concept of typical ceiling coffers often found in San Francisco’s historic buildings into an abstracted, folded, and luminescent wood chandelier lit by LEDs and programmed to dim and brighten according to ambient light conditions. Scott’s original idea was to have the “Lightfold” extend the length of the lobby, drawing visitors back to the elevators with direct access to the public roof terrace, but the location of mechanical systems prevented that realization. 82 contract january/february 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - January/February 2011

Contract - January/February 2011
Editor’s Note
Exhibition: Orgatec
Corporate Philanthropy
The 32nd Annual Interiors Awards
Designers of the Year
Legend Award
Large Office
Public Space
Historic Restoration
Adaptive Reuse
Environmental Design
Designers Rate
Ad Index

Contract - January/February 2011