San Francisco

288 Pacific

288 Pacific
San Francisco, CA


288 Pacific Avenue is a new 32-unit residential development in the Jackson Square area of San Francisco. The building takes design cues from the historical warehouses in the area, offering a modern interpretation of the brick low-rise structures that still adorn the neighborhood.

The site wraps the north and east sides of the Old Ship Saloon, a designated historical site at the intersection of Battery and Pacific, and the massing of the new building has been articulated to address this adjacency, as well as that of 733 Front Street, east of the site. 288 Pacific is carved to include multiple open space opportunities, and the individual volumes vary in height, keeping in context with the urban fabric.

Exterior materials are a balance between the historical fabric and the more recently renovated structures in the district. Jackson Square is one of San Francisco's oldest neighborhoods and over the past several decades many structures have gone through some type of renovation or adaptive reuse. 288 Pacific builds on the idea of masonry as the main framework of the structure with metal and glass as an interlacing fabric that melds the project together. The masonry facade includes the vertically punched openings that can be found on neighboring historical buildings, while the more delicate lattice metal frame curtainwall draws inspiration from the steel sash windows of nearby warehouse buildings and recently renovated structures.