The J. David Gladstone Institutes

San Francisco, CA, 2005

Architect: NBBJ

The design for the Gladstone Institutes at Mission Bay in San Francisco resolves significant spatial and environmental complexities to create an accessible public space that doubles as an intimate gathering area for the Institute’s employees. Lines of mounding grasses and equisetum echo the paving pattern while giving the plaza a sense of privacy. At the lower level, a grove of Jacaranda trees shade cantilevered benches and anchor the south side of the space. Overlapping bands of granite continue throughout the site, establishing rhythm and uniting two narrow parcels of land to create a generous and useable space.