INTERSTICE Architects’ principal Zoee Astrachan will be speaking at the 2018 ASLA National Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia on Monday, October 22nd! Zoee, as part of a three-person transnational panel of landscape architects and developers, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of affordable and supportive housing projects. The panel will explore how to successfully support and foster communities with examples from two distinct American cities, New York and San Francisco. See more information here: Challenges and Opportunities for Landscape Architects in Affordable and Supportive Housing
INTERSTICE Architects 2017 Park(ing) Day installation, Mirrored Mylar Forest-Field: Pedestrian Safety Along the Polk Corridor has won the first annual AIA San Francisco Mentorship Program’s 2017 Park(ing) Day Competition. The installation, which featured wind activated mylar attached to a bamboo structure, called for more awareness of pedestrian safety along the Polk Street corridor. The installation was recognized as the best installation on design, concept, and overall experience. See the AIASF Mentorship blog post here.
SOMA:loft project selected for the AIASF’s 2017 Architecture & the City Home Tours on September 30th
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design present the annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, an open house event, featuring five outstanding modern homes. This popular program showcases a variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences — including single-family homes and contemporary renovations. This is the first Bay Area tour series to promote residential design from the architect’s point of view. Get your tickets here!
826 Valencia Tenderloin Center wins the AIA San Francisco 2017 Special Commendation Award for Social Responsibility
IA is honored to have received the 2017 AIA San Francisco Special Commendation Award for Social Responsibility. The 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center is a transformative project converting a dilapidated corner-liquor-store into a space of learning and delight where children become authors and the poet-laureates of their community. The whimsical retail space provides the “front” for an inclusive safe-haven for the imaginations of the neighborhood.
826 Valencia Tenderloin Center took home the International Interior Design Awards Northern California Chapter 2017 Honor Award! Serving as a place of whimsy before entering the workshop, the retail store, “King Carl’s Emporium,” is named after 826’s San Francisco Mission location’s pet pufferfish, Carl. Visit the project page.
826 Valencia Tenderloin won the 2017 Contract Magazine 2017 Interiors:Education award. The project, which was done in collaboration with Gensler, MK Think, Architect Jonas Kellner, supports the creative writing skills of under-resourced children in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Contract design award jury said of the project, “This inspired interior promotes creativity and exploration, creating an unexpected wonderland with a richness of spirit. One is transported into a tactile fantasy space that is full of surprises. It is exciting that they did this on a very minimal budget.”
The 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center was featured in the January issue of RETROFIT. The in-depth article features details about the unique collaborative design and construction process for the project, which included over 60 local subcontractors and designers with their time and materials donated in-kind or at cost, resulting in over 2 million dollars that will be spent on creating more free programs for children. You can read the entire article here.
INTERSTICE principal Andrew Dunbar recently sat down with DSEGNARE, a San Francisco – based design showroom who featured the interview on their blog. Andrew talked all things San Francisco design; including its status as an innovation hub, as well as the current challenges the city faces. Read the full interview on DSEGNARE’s blog.
Our Park Valencia project in San Jose is nearing completion and was featured in the San Jose Mercury News! The article, which was written by Sal Pizarro, highlights the playful chameleon sculptures, and details the program of the new park. Read, “San Jose: Santana Row’s Park Valencia gets a lizardy new look.”
Minna Street DREAM:shop honored with Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Award from the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco
On Thursday, May 12th, at the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco Annual Awards Breakfast, INTERSTICE Architect’s Minna Street DREAM:shop was honored with the prestigious 2016 Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Award, for excellence in Architectural Design. DREAM:shop is as a minimalist “open-ended” event space for an avid maker-client and his creative partners to experiment and ideate. Located in the central Mission, this simple plywood lined tube serves as a hybrid space for office, event space, laboratory and workshop all organized around a single three level vertical service core of reclaimed myrtle Wood. Visit the Project Page to learn more.