Fall 2019 Newsletter...

 

Fall is here in San Francisco! This season, as we continue to grow our practice, we aim to welcome more workplace and hospitality projects onto the boards- integrating our residential aesthetic into our commercial designs. This newsletter will highlight a few FA commercial projects we particularly love- featuring some unpublished, never before seen photos as well as unfinished projects. To see the rest of our commercial work, please head over to our website.

In the Presidio VC Offices, photographed by Paul Dyer, a green living wall connects the space to the nature that surrounds it, and communal, softly lit seating in the living room provides casual meeting spaces for guests and employees alike.

dosa by DOSA, photographed by Kassie Borreson, brings the energetic warmth and spirit of Mumbai street food to the easy-going Uptown Oakland neighborhood. We took full advantage of high ceilings and abundant natural light in the century-old, brick-and-timber building; hand-crafted interpretations of traditional Indian elements play with new and old and welcome guests into the heart of the kitchen. We would like to congratulate the dosa team’s recent success- their delicious fresh fare is now available in Whole Foods.

Engine Company No. 8 is one of our personal favorite workplace renovations (don’t worry, we aren’t biased). The open concept design studio is punctuated with crisp white bookshelves and modern detailing, which stand in contrast with the fire house’s original weathered bones and exposed steel beams (the original structure was built in 1907). Recess lighting accentuates white wooden panels sprinkled with our firm’s recent work, revealing the rough brick above and below, and creating a softly lit, warm atmospheric mood often found in our homes. We love our studio…if you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by!

The Salesforce Tower Office Space, photographed by Paul Dyer, soars high above San Francisco, but is anchored by a gently curving wood wrapped core which shapes the office’s circulation and houses private meeting rooms. Like a home, the plan creates a gradient from open gathering spaces to private retreats, and maintains casual public lounges accessible to all employees and clients.

This Fall, we have several commercial projects On the Boards, including Copeland Park Properties, a family owned, full service property investment and Management Company looking for a headquarters refresh near up-and-coming downtown Burlingame. The rendering above shows the latest design, featuring an exterior clad with vertical wood slats. Along with a few other projects in process, including some initial pro bono design work with the San Francisco Community Health Center, we are looking forward to an exciting fall!

In other news, this September, AIASF hosted their 16th annual Architecture + The City Festival, and the newly released book, San Francisco Architects, was featured in their author series! The Sanctuary, dosa by DOSA, and Butterfly House are featured in the book. At the event, we loved hearing from world-renowned local architects about what makes Northern Californian design so unique.

“Wood tones and handmade Oaxacan tiles create an atmosphere that is at once earthy and open. Furniture built by John’s father in Maine and art accumulated over a lifetime of travel add to the cozy, family-centric feeling, and hint at lives well lived”

Dwell interviewed Jonathan + the Paluskas and crafted a beautiful piece about their design collaboration. Read more here.

his July, the FA team visited the recently completed Surf House, which went through an epic journey with the Santa Cruz coastal commission due to its close proximity to ocean (the house is only 50 feet from some of CA’s best waves). A photo shoot with Commune Design, the interior designers, follows this October, more to come!

And finally, we are honored to welcome our newest American citizen, Anjali Iyer! This summer, FA architect Anjali passed the test and gained her American citizenship, and we are so proud. We will  continue to deeply admire her amazing work ethic and impeccable eye for design- and in her honor, we hosted an America themed trivia and feast celebration. We are looking forward to a happy, healthy, and productive fall, and wish you the same.
Stay in touch! – Feldman Architecture

Summer Newsletter 2019...

Summer is here at Feldman Architecture…

and we have a collection of stunning new projects- freshly photographed! Let’s take a sneak peek at our most recent unpublished photo shoots…
Shaped by the client’s lifelong appreciation of modern architecture, the design of Slot House brings bold minimalism into the rolling landscape of Los Altos Hills. Adam Rouse’s stunning final photographs just came in- and we’d like to thank all of our design collaborators and builders for their beautiful work, we look forward to formally recognizing these teams in print!
Tierwelthaus, photographed by Paul Dyer, rests in the hills of Portola Valley,  exemplifying the native beauty of drought resistant landscaping.
Echo Knoll, photographed by Joe Fletcher, dramatically soars above San Jose, nestled into a hillside oasis.
A recent project brought us into the very heart of San Francisco’s iconic Salesforce tower, and what a sight it was! This project, photographed by Paul Dryer, excited and challenged us, and assured us that we are more than ready to dive deeper into commercial and hospitality design- bringing our modern, residential, and personal sensibilities along with us. See our most recent commercial work here.

In other news, we are happy to report that our Third Thursday tradition is alive and well! To kick off a fun, productive, and creative summer, the team at Feldman Architecture was lucky enough to be invited into Reuben Margolin’s private studio in Emeryville, CA. Reuben, a truly gifted kinetic sculpture artist, is a longtime friend of FA, and even created a kinetic sculpture piece that’s featured in our Telegraph Hill house. Read more about the visit on our blog!
Yesterday, our very own Jonathan Feldman spoke at the AIA San Francisco event: “What’s Cooking: New Trends in Restaurant Architecture + Design” for San Francisco Design Week. He shared new perspectives in restaurant architecture and design, communal dining experiences, and much more alongside innovators from BAMO, Lundberg Design, and Silicon Valley Magazine.
And finally, we’re so excited to welcome Eric Willits and Isabel Verhille to the FA team! Eric, a recent graduate from Cal Berkeley, joins us as our new Administrative Assistant, and Isabel, coming from a background in PR, communications, and sustainability, as our Marketing Coordinator. Isabel is eager to connect with friendly faces about upcoming projects- which are aplenty. Please reach out to her and say hello:
Isabel Verhille
iverhille@feldmanarch.com
415 252 1441 x224
As the summer rolls on, keep your eyes peeled for these projects to go up on our website, as well as into our favorite publications! And as always, please stay in touch.
– Feldman Architecture

 

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Spring Newsletter 2019...

Springtime in San Francisco

Promotions, new hires, photo shoots, and publication announcements? It must be Spring!

One of our newly photographed projects, dubbed ‘The Meadow Home’, was inspired by prominent views and beautiful slopes. The design team, made up of Lutsko Associates, Zaharias Design, Strandberg Engineering, Kim Cladas Lighting Design, Art of Construction, and BKF Engineers strove to integrate the structure into the landscape to minimize its massing within a large undeveloped meadow. Kudos to whole team for a beautiful job well done!

This designer should be a familiar face! Daniel has been an integral part of the Feldman team since 2013 and we’re thrilled to announce that this past December he became the newest Associate at our firm! With fourteen years of experience behind him, he’s continuing to excel as a project lead and is always sharing his knowledge with those around him.

In 2019 we’ve also added two more designers to the Feldman Family! Kateryna Rogynska joins us after working at Morphosis in Los Angeles, UNstudio in Amsterdam, LAVA in Berlin, and SOM here in San Francisco. She is a multidisciplinary creator with extensive experience in institutional, commercial, office, and high-rise design projects and we’re excited to have her join the team!

With two decades of experience in high value residential projects in both the Bay Area and Southern California, Jeremy Alden joins us as a seasoned Project Manger with an integrated knowledge of design and construction. He’s been living and working in the Bay Area for 6+ years, with a few of his noted projects being the Walt Disney Family Museum, San Carlos Medical Center, and Cavallo Point.

If you’ve been keeping up with our work you may have noticed an influx of projects added to our On The Boards page. Two projects in Los Altos Hills and Portola Valley respectively, Floating Bar House (top left) and Pan’Orama  (top right) broke ground last year and are continuing construction into 2019. The Pavilions (bottom left) in Atherton are nearly finished and the team is looking to wrap up at the end of April. Finally, Surf House (bottom right) down in Santa Cruz has been making great progress and has provided a wonderful opportunity for our marketing team to play with their new drone.

Started close to three years ago, one of our Pro-Bono projects is set to finish this coming May! The Playworks office near Jack London Square is a playful and whimsical space, reflective of the clients and their unique brand of recreation. Keep an eye out for this month’s issue of Registry SF for a behind the scenes look at how this project evolved and came together.

Finally, we’re happy to share that Sophia Beavis returned from maternity leave in early February and our designers participated in an in-house baby photo guessing game to celebrate. As you can see, everyone was quite amused with the results.

We have a handful of photo shoots coming up this spring and we’re excited to share new work with you all in the coming months. Stay tuned for a publication announcement next week… we’ll give you a hint, we’ve been on the cover once before!

– Feldman Architecture

 

Winter Newsletter 2018...

New York Times Announcement & Winter News

Good tidings! Here at Feldman Architecture we’re constantly pushing and encouraging our clients towards sustainable design. Jonathan used his recently remodeled house as a testing ground and it achieved LEED Platinum. An article on its features and the design process was included in the NY Times just last week! We’re grateful to have worked with talented writer Tim McKeough and photographer Matthew Millman to make this story come to life. Congrats to the whole team: Ground Studio Landscape, Jeff King & Company, and Strandberg Engineering.

To read the article, head on over to nytimes.com or if you’re on the East Coast, pick up an edition of last Sunday’s paper!

We’re extremely happy to be ending 2018 strong. The Meadow Home was featured in the latest edition of Luxe and our Butterfly House was given a second life on ArchDaily thanks to beautiful landscape photos by Jason Liske and Ground Studio Landscape.

The Sanctuary received the Honor Award in the AIA Silicon Valley Design Awards this past October and we’d like to extend a thanks and congratulations to the full team: Ground Studio Landscape, Urban Tree Management, Romig Engineers, Strandberg Engineering, BKF Engineers, and Baywest Builders.

One project that has progressed substantially this winter is our Round House in Los Altos Hills. This unique remodel is a perfect circle, which presented challenges and excitement for architect, builder, and client alike. In order to build the circular form, a giant compass was designed and installed during the framing process, which you can see in this video from Baywest Builders.

Our office is constantly growing and just this month we welcomed Laura Knight to the family! Laura joined our firm following a recent move from Boston, Massachusetts where she established herself as a technically skilled and innovative designer. During her tenure at Boston Architectural College, Laura began working in design full-time, seeing several large-scale Boston area residential developments through to completion. After three years of professional design, Laura made the move to California to pursue her passion of smaller, more personal residential projects. Welcome Laura!

 

Our new Studio Culture page is now live on our website! At Feldman Architecture we believe in the importance of a positive office culture that stresses fun and collaboration. For many unseen and candid shots of our staff, click here!

Speaking of office culture… we’re in the heart of the holiday season but as you can see we’ve been celebrating for months! Here are a few moments from Halloween, our Thanksgiving potluck, and White Elephant Party.

From all of us at Feldman Architecture, we wish you warm holidays filled with great cheer. Thank you for being a friend to our firm this year and we look forward to fostering more relationships in 2019.

Fall Newsletter 2018...

Welcome Autumn!

Photo shoots, office-outings, and many staff vacations have defined our summer this year. We’re all happy to welcome in the fall and prepare for the holiday season. First however, we have to get through SF summer!

Photo by Meg Messina Photography

Many of our projects were professionally photographed in recent months and this past August we updated our staff profile pics as well! Our newer staff members were given the chance to pose for their professional head shots and the entire team finally sat down for an updated group photo. As you can see, no staff portrait is complete without one of our wonderful office dogs! We’d like to thank Meg Messina for once again capturing our good sides and for being such a delight to work with.

Our Studio Assistant, Serena Brown, was recently promoted to Marketing Coordinator and has been enjoying giving her role new life in the form of brainstorming marketing campaigns, organizing staff events, and all things social media related!  We encourage anyone interested in collaborating in marketing ventures, press releases, publications, award efforts, etc. to introduce yourself to Serena at sbrown@feldmanarch.com.

We’re excited to share that our Twin Peaks project won bronze in the 2018 Master Design Awards. More photos from this San Francisco remodel are featured in a recently released Metropolis Magazine article, found HERE.

Photo by Joe Fletcher Photography

A number of our hands on staffers have been hard at work these past couple of months transforming a chair for Chairity 2018. Chairity is an annual event hosted by Project Color Corps and Raphael House to raise money for the local community. Over 20 design firms from the San Francisco area come together each year to transform their assigned chair and give it new life.

Our firm’s “Sculptchair” is an experimental exploration of the cushioned seat, which features interchangeable chair tops as a playful ode to our interaction with the sitting surface. While molding concrete into fabric, and engraving the original upholstery pattern into the seat, we have literally and figuratively pushed and pulled at the limits of comfort, treating the seat as an object in itself. All chairs will be auctioned off Thursday, October 11th. Stay tuned for a post about our creative process and the final results!

A few of our designers chose the summer and fall seasons to take trips overseas. Tai and his family traveled to Japan and New Zealand, while Jess and her husband Chris also visited the land of the rising sun. Evan and his girlfriend Jenna traveled to Vietnam where they took stunning photos of both the bustling cities and gorgeous scenery. Serena and her boyfriend Jeremy jetted off to Europe to explore cities around Portugal and Spain, visiting six different cities during their eleven day trip! Be sure to watch out for posts on all of these exciting trips on our blog!

Finally, we are happy to announce that Sophia and Charlie welcomed a new bundle of joy to their family this month. Henry was born on October 1st and his new parents are over the moon!

As the holiday season approaches, we wish all of you good cheer and hopefully low-stress. From our family to yours, have a wonderful rest of the year!
-Feldman Architecture

2018 Summer Newsletter...

Hello Summer! Hello New Projects!

This year’s spring season brought rain to the bay area, allowing the beauty of many of our projects to flourish. Lush landscapes called for professional photo shoots and we’re happy to announce that we’ll be unveiling four newly photographed projects in the next few months!

Pictured below is one of our Palo Alto homes, lovingly coined The Sanctuary.

Photo by Joe Fletcher Photography

As many of you know, we hosted an Open House at the end of May to benefit those affected by the North Bay fires. We’re pleased to say it was a wonderful success and we were able to raise $8,500 for our cause while spending time with our colleagues and friends. If anyone is still interested in donating, please visit Rebuild Wine Country’s donation page.

For those of you who have not had a chance to visit our new Firehouse Design Studio yet, never fear! We’ll hopefully be hosting more events and presentations later this year.

This summer we’ve been excited to welcome not one, not two, but three interns to our office! Parker joined us in mid-May and was a great help in preparing for our Open House. He’s currently going into his second year at Syracuse as an Architecture student.

Ying arrived next in June through an internship program at UC Berkeley. She’s been delving into a couple projects around the office and working closely with fellow UC Berkeley alum Evan.

West is our youngest intern this summer having just graduated high school.  He’ll be attending Drexel University in the fall as a Mechanical Engineering major and is being exposed to the ins and outs of the design profession.  He’s been working with our Studio Assistant Serena, sitting in on staff, client, and consultant meetings, and gathering general exposure to all facets of our office

Every season is awards season, and this past spring was especially kind to us.

dosa by DOSA was awarded a Gold Nugget Merit Award for Best Commercial Project under 20,000sqft as well as the Best Commercial Architecture Practice – California & Best US Hospitality Design Project Award from the BUILD 2018 Architecture Awards.

One of our newly completed projects, Twin Peaks, won the Chrysalis National Award – Whole House Remodel over $700k. Stay tuned for more photos and information coming soon!

As a firm, we are committed to staying current in areas of design, innovation, and sustainability. Our designers frequently attend nation-wide professional conferences, trade shows, lectures and seminars in search of innovation. Just this year, we have participated in the Getting to Zero National Forum, the Living Future UnConference, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), and multiple Design Weeks in different states!

Summers are also for weddings and we happily congratulate Rebecca Hora and her husband Ryan Gilbert who were married in a beautiful ceremony in Connecticut just last weekend! Currently relaxing on a beach somewhere in Tahiti, she’ll be back in the office mid-July. Congratulations to you both!!

Here’s to taking on the second half of the year. We hope everyone keeps the positive momentum going and we hope to see you all soon!

– Feldman Architecture

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