- 2020 HONOREE
Dandelion Chocolate Factory
Principal in Charge/Design Principal
(formerly) Design Director
(formerly) Project Manager
Terra Nova Industries
Fireclay, Cle Tile
Schalge, Schoolhouse Electric, Rixson,
Flos, Barnlight Electric, Tech Lighting
Moore & Giles
Terra Nova Industries
Henderson Engineers Inc
Arnold & Egan
About the Project
Dandelion Chocolate set down its roots in a 107 year-old structure in the heart of the Mission neighborhood. Over 28,000 square feet of raw, clean space, an exposed timber structure, master-quality masonry and brickwork, provided the backdrop for creating an unparalleled artisan experience. Expanding from a constrained space, Dandelion Chocolate is now able to create a truly immersive experience in this busy industrial area of San Francisco, supporting the craft of artisan manufacturing.
Each detail speaks to the experience contained within this completely refurbished and retrofitted space. A stone entry begins every visitors journey, where aromatic joy and warm light immerse the guest. Coffee and chocolate can be enjoyed within the café or at the counter where tastings are offered.
A jewel-box salon brings together the various elements of the space. Arranged under a crafted chandelier, communal tables support engagement and community. Walls of beveled, antique glass and brass finishes provide clean lines and transparency, each contributing to the space’s bright energy.
To honor the craft of the chocolate-maker, a production and education space is open to the public. Elevated viewing platforms and stepped seating were specially designed as a space for guests to engage in learning and discussion. Tours enhance Dandelion Chocolate’s strategy to engage the community around the delicate process of chocolate making, fair trade, and the sustainable practices they utilize.
The on-site retail shop features built-in fixtures and continues the theme of craftsmanship and tailored materials. The classic 2-ounce artisan chocolate bar manufactured at the facility is available for purchase, giving guests the opportunity to take a piece of the experience home.