The Sunday Stroll: SOMA-San Francisco

This weekend I took a stroll through the neighborhood of San Francisco’s Financial District which overlaps with the SOMA neighborhood .  In addition to the wonderful galleries, museums, hotels in this part of town, there is a wonderful crispness in the air and a certain palpable optimism and energy.
One of my favorite discoveries was the 2002 Cesar Pelli designed J.P. Morgan Chase Building at 560 Mission Street.  This has to be one of the finest examples of how corporate architecture can add to a neighborhood in a positive way. From its low hung eaves, to its perfectly selected dark forest green steel structure lends it a wonderful organic feel and softens what could be an otherwise imposing structure.  The building also features a  tailored and art filled courtyard designed by Hart Howerton Architects which is inset from the sidewalk and provides an uxpected respite from the busy street.

 

2002 Ceasar Pelli
560 Mission Street, San Francisco

J.P. Morgan Chase Headquarters

560 Mission St. Courtyard, San Francisco
Design:  Hart Howerton Architects

 

 

550 Mission Plaza features Human Structures by Jonathan Borofsky

 

550 Mission Plaza features Moonrise Sculptures by Ugo Rondinone

The always busy Salt House (www.salthousesf.com) with its lovely industrial rustic chic interior is worth a visit for a little nibble and a well deserved cocktail.

 

Custom light fixtures at the Salthouse

 

Bye for now.
CG