Posted on: August 23, 2016
The San Francisco City Center concluded their summer tour series on August 17th with a tour of Bloomberg Tech Hub by IwamotoScott Architecture, winner of the 2016 Work Medium Merit Award. The tour was led by firm principals Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott.
The office is in The Pacific Telephone Building, which was brought back to life starting in 2012 with a very well done restoration of the building’s historic lobby, along with seismic and MEP upgrades. When Lisa and Craig first visited the space, it was completely dilapidated, having sat empty for years. But having seen what Yelp and Knoll were able to accomplish in the same building gave them high aspirations. They were able to achieve the sophisticated result that Bloomberg desired while keeping the raw materials of the existing shell exposed.
One word came to mind while walking through the space: exquisite. Every detail is refined, and every element well thought through. The design incorporated features of Bloomberg’s Manhattan headquarters that the company has become known for: strong technology integration, a well-stocked pantry, and a dynamic fish tank. The entry lobby and pantry are defined by a series of sculpted wood beams, the form of which was inspired by the chevron shapes of the exterior facade that can be seen through the windows. This element leads to a multipurpose room outfitted with an impressive AV and sound system. A void that was originally intended to be for a communication stair between the two floors that Bloomberg occupies became a “light volume” wrapped with an LED display, and the fish tank was relocated to become a focal point beneath it. The furnishings bring a sense of warmth and comfort to the space, and felt cladding is thoughtfully used throughout to mitigate noise.
We would like to thank everyone who was able to join us, with a special thank you to Bloomberg and IwamotoScott for helping us organize this successful event.