Vornado Realty Trust hired a New York architect to redesign two floors of one of San Francisco’s tallest office buildings.
New York-based real estate investment trust has hired Fogarty Finger to redesign the 34th and 46th floors of 555 California Street, the 52-story monolith once known as the Bank of America Center, in the Financial District, SFYimby reported .
The work is expected to be completed by July. Top tenants in the building, including Bank of America, pay an average annual rent of $80.56 per square foot.
The project is Fogarty’s first on the west coast. Before erecting its scaffolding, it laid out tools for poetic reconfiguration.
“The city’s earth-toned Victorian architecture, lush greenery and rust-hued Golden Gate Bridge influence the warm, neutral palette with popping vibrant signature colors,” it said in an email to SFYimby. “The artworks reflect the colors of the nearby ocean and mountains, bringing the outside in.
“Woven pieces with horizon lines emphasize the suites’ perspective on the surroundings.”
When the last piece of carnelian granite was mortared in in 1969, the Bank of America Center was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The history of the bank dates back to 1904 when Amadeo Peter Giannini opened the Bank of Italy in San Francisco.
Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the nearly 2 million square foot memorial towered 779 feet above the Financial District and looked down on the city’s then-low skyline.
Vornado Realty Trust and the Trump Organization are joint owners, with Vornado retaining majority control and the former President’s Organization owning 30 percent, according to SFYimby. Vornado retains full decision-making authority over the property.
Fogarty Finger describes its mid-century triangular facade as inspired by the “common bay window” used throughout the city.
“The overall design strives to be calming and welcoming, utilizing its warm palette of natural, tactile materials and innovative, adjustable lighting,” the company said. “The distinctive zigzag shape of the building frames the expansive views of the city. Treating the perimeter with a dark plaster finish brings the views into focus and becomes an anchor for the suite’s layout.”
Renderings of the redesigned floors show rooms decorated in soft gray tones, muted charcoal, with light wood plank floors and glass walls to highlight bay water views.
Fogarty Finger has designed several towers in New York City, including One Park Row, 141 Willoughby, 45-03 23rd Street, 41-05 29th Street, and 25 Columbus Drive. A large office campus is now being built around Penn Station.
[SFYimby] – Dana Bartholomew