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Multifamily Reuse Project Aiming for LEED Gold

April 12, 2017

Photos by Cesar Rubio.

While many of the best breakthrough designs start from the ground up, others adapt the old to make something completely new.

That's the philosophy behind The Pacific, a new $200-million residential development designed by Handel Architects, which was adapted from the former University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

Located in Pacific Heights, The Pacific boasts 76 timeless and distinct homes, including 60 grand and spacious flats, six triplex townhomes, and 10 row houses.

Without changing the footprint or the mass of the existing structure, Handel Architects modernized the building through several updates. The architects were able to enlarge the window openings to become the dominant feature in the curtain wall by removing the existing façade.

The exterior metal panel façade was refreshed to a champagne color that reflects light gold and tan hues. Additionally, each apartment now looks out onto the street via triangular bay windows, creating a strong geometric presence and textural quality, while at the same time visually breaking up the building's mass.

These windows are dispersed throughout all four facades, with the density increasing towards the edges and the top of the building.

The 11-foot ceilings in some areas, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows with views that span from the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais.

The penthouse, formerly a mechanical shed, was converted to four homes with private terraces, and a common lounge with communal terrace for the building’s residents.

Large, robust floor plates, originally designed for heavy dental equipment, were left in place, creating 12’ ceilings and gracious interior living spaces in each unit. Handel kept the outline of the existing two-story mechanical penthouse, but converted the space into four residential duplex penthouses each with expansive private terraces.

Sustainable Features:

LEED Gold, Adaptive reuse of the existing building. Adjacent townhomes: LEED Silver; electric vehicle charging stations; one dedicated City CarShare space; one charity: water well funded.z

Kitchens feature European white marble slab couznters, Arclinea cabinetry and Gaggenau appliances.

Homes start at just under $2 million, and go as high as $20 million.


Topics: Architectural Firms, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, Highrise Residential, Mixed Use Communities/Developments & Buildings, Multifamily / Multiunit Residential, Renovation / Restoration / Remodeling


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