A Spring Update

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe this spring- with an overwhelming amount of uncertainty and anxiety circulating, it’s easy to feel unmoored. Here at Feldman Architecture, we have transitioned our team to a fully remote workflow, and are working hard to continue to move our current projects forward while keeping an ear to the ground for new opportunities. Through this difficult time, we are finding reassurance and strength in our extremely hardworking, dedicated and talented team, as well as our amazing community of collaborators. Please enjoy a few updates, a glimpse into remote working as an architect, and more in our spring newsletter – which can be found here!

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 This newsletter will highlight a few FA commercial projects we particularly love- featuring some unpublished, never before seen photos as well as unfinished projects.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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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.

2018 Spring Newsletter

Spring Has Arrived at the Firehouse!

Despite the rainy weather in the first few months of 2018, we’ve been keeping busy here at Feldman Architecture with staff hires, exciting events, and new projects on the horizon!

We’re pleased to announce that our recently completed Slot House(below) in Los Altos Hills will be showing at the 2018 AIA Silicon Valley Home Tours on May 5th!

Purchase tickets for the event here!

Photo by Harold Gomes

 

On Thursday, May 31st, we will be hosting an Open House in our newly renovated Firehouse Design Studio. We are looking forward to officially introducing our firm to the neighborhood!

In addition to welcoming neighbors, colleagues, and friends to our new home, we have partnered with Rebuild Wine Country and will be raising money during our event to support efforts to rebuild the communities that are still recovering from the North Bay Fires last October.

 

We will be holding a raffle during the event and would greatly appreciate any gifts you would consider contributing. If your company would like to participate by donating goods or services for our raffle, please contact us at info@feldmanarch.com. All participating companies will be added to our sponsors list and acknowledged via newsletter after the event!If you’re interested in giving a monetary donation to our cause, please do so HERE! Thank you for your support!

Rebuild Wine Country, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Feldman Architecture is continuing our commitment to the AIA 2030 Challenge, pushing our buildings to be carbon neutral by the year 2030. Last month we hosted our local 2030 Working Group, where sustainability leaders from firms across the city came together to discuss their progress towards meeting their ‘green goals.’

We looked at the data we’ve collected, issues we have come across, and strategies to reach carbon neutrality. Reporting for 2017 was due at the end of March, and the group will meet again soon to look at how we all fared on our way to meeting our 2030 goals.

We’ve also already welcomed three new faces to the team this year! Serena Brown joined the firm as our newest studio assistant. She’s recently returned to the bay area after living a year abroad in Japan. Quick to pick up the inner workings of the office, she is now working to expand her architectural knowledge. Chris Kay (the second Chris in our office now) recently moved to San Francisco from Birmingham, Alabama. He’s worked in machine shops and robotics labs and is excited to turn his attention back to his first love– architecture. Michael Trentacosti is our newest hire and comes to us from New York. He is passionate about green design which is reflected in both his work and his love for the outdoors.

Some of our staff members have had the opportunity to travel in the recent months. We’re especially jealous of Ben and Matt who traveled to East Asia and Africa respectively. Stay tuned for more on their adventures on our blog later this month!

With our portfolio constantly expanding, we invite you to follow us on social media.  Please check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz and of course our website to view all of our latest projects. We hope everyone has had a successful and fulfilling 2018 so far and we look forward to connecting with you all this year!

– Feldman Architecture