The Federal Building in San Francisco
Featuring a perforated-metal exo-structure and an a-typical, slender frame, the 18-story San Francisco Federal Building is a triumph of architectural excellence, and its celebrated architect Thom Mayne, the Pritzker Prize winner who also designed the La Defense business district tower in Paris, deserves to bask in the glow of his building’s architectural success.
Over the past few years, Mayne’s signature fusion of conventional industrial-machine aesthetics and his idiosyncratic designs have made him one of the next generation’s great industrial building designers, and his latest completed project numbers among his many outstanding achievements. In addition, the building has added much to the often austere and industrial San Francisco cityscape, and although I have not seen the building in person yet, I am already fascinated by the structure.
Thom Mayne, with his powerful and brazen structures, is an inspiration to me. Like myself, he has stepped out on his own and founded his own design company, Morphosis, based in Santa Monica, California, and since then, he has designed some of the best work of his career. I am amazed what the man has done with Postwar Modernism, and I applaud his achievements.
The following photos are the few glimpses I have seen of the Federal Building, and I am looking forward to making a trip to the City for a closer look in the near future.
The Federal Building Lobby