Block 51 Featured in SF Chronicle

september 15, 2016

The San Francisco Chronicle has published an article on Lennar's Shipyard development. The article discusses the history, as well as the future, of the Hunter's Point Shipyard, delving into the designs of the first series of completed buildings.

Block 51, known as the Merchant building, received a particularly favorable review from John King, architectural critic and author of the article. 

"I particularly like Merchant, where the boxy modern wings along Friedell Street frame a residential courtyard open to the street with a four-story vegetated wall at the back, vines slowly snaking up metal netting against a metallic wall. Architect Ian Birchall and his firm have managed to pull off a four-story condo project that looks like a blend between blue-collar SoMa and mid-century Daly City — and in a good way."      

                                                                                    - John King, San Francisco Chronicle

To read the full article, follow the link below:

The Hunters Point Shipyard Redevelopment constitutes a complete transformation and revitalization of a long underutilized section of the City. IB+A's design seeks to bridge the gap between traditional San Francisco architecture and the industrial vernacular that is characteristic of the Shipyards historic structures. First, the Donahue façade is more urban in nature and can be characterized by a regular provision of San Francisco bay windows. These bays, however, are clad in more industrial materials and thus reference the industrial past of the Shipyard. Second, the Friedell façade has been conceived as being no less urban but definitively more residential in its relationship to the street. Residential stoops and more textured materials line the street wall. The massing of this façade is more assertive and consciously references the forms and scales of the industrial buildings in the area.