Archive for June, 2014

Chemical Attraction

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The ongoing growth and development of Stanford University has produced some marvelous new buildings, several of which I’ve been commissioned to document for the architectural firms involved. Recently, the old Chemistry Building, one of the very early building on campus has begun the process of rehabilitation and renewal under the direction of EYP Architects.

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I was asked to document some of the spaces before the full interior demolition was finalized. The scale and volume of the rooms was fantastic and should prove a great base from which to create a new life for the building.

Some nostalgic student with a super nerdy sense of humor had run amok with s spray can, tantalizingly offering directions to Linus Pauling’s brain.

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Linus, as we all know, was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists of the 20th century. He won a Nobel Prize for Chemistry AND the Nobel Peace Prize. That would be a brain worth finding.

Squared Away

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I first photographed Foundry Square for Studios Architecture in San Francisco ten years ago when the first two buildings had been completed. A few years later, a third corner was filled in but the final of the quartet of corporate offices was stalled while riding out the recession.

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The completion of Building 3 finishes the entire project and provides another set back plaza for the lounging lunchtime crowds that frequent the cafés on street level.

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Each building has its own outdoor terraces that provide and elevated experience among the developing cityscape of the SOMA district.

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The buildings incorporate several sustainable features that have resulted in a LEED Platinum EB rating for Building 2, a LEED Gold NC rating for Building 3 and a LEED Gold EB rating for Building 4.