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San Francisco Architecture

Collection by San Francisco Chronicle


Featuring both the old, the new, and the up-and-coming, these spaces add both character and beauty to the city by the bay.

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The Ferry Building is about to bring back a classic look. San Francisco Architecture, World's Fair, Back In The Day, Panama, Big Ben, Comebacks, Old Things, Tower, Lights

Ferry Building face-lift: 1915 lights coming back

The lights and the numbers were originally installed on the Ferry tower to celebrate the...

From hiking to birdwatching, this S. spot is the premier outdoor destination to visit. San Francisco Architecture, Love Fest, Birdwatching, Picnic, Hiking, Play, Beach, Outdoor, Walks

A day at Crissy Field: Hike, picnic or play at the beach

Once a salt marsh and estuary where the Ohlone gathered shellfish, and later a U.S. Army...

Not every building is a hit. A few of the wins and misses for the Bay Area: San Francisco Architecture, Bay Area, Old Things, Country Roads, Landscape, City, Building, Scenery, Buildings

Standout architecture: the fabulous and the flops

The Bay Area has its share of provocative buildings and spaces by revered designers that...

The design for a new S. high-rise trades skyline drama for visual flair. San Francisco Architecture, Modern Architecture, Redwood City California, Los Angeles Museum, Richard Meier, Tower Design, Famous Architects, Light And Space, San Francisco California

Tower design at Market and Van Ness dramatic but down to earth

The newest design for a housing tower at the should-be-prominent corner of Market Street...

Futuristic S. cube building takes design risk in the right spot San Francisco Architecture, Plaza Design, San Francisco Museums, Lower Manhattan, Sci Fi Movies, Convention Centre, Museum Of Modern Art, How To Level Ground, Amazing Architecture

Futuristic S.F. cube building takes design risk in the right spot

[...] in the right setting — such as a heavily trafficked but visually drab corner...

Time has left Berkeley Art Museum’s bold design behind San Francisco Architecture, Film Archive, Next At Home, Art Museum, Old Things, In This Moment, Building, Drama, Design

Time has left Berkeley Art Museum's bold design behind

[...] the departure of the museum for which it was built, and the structure’s vague...

 rolls out free WiFi in public spaces throughout city - San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco California, California Love, San Francisco Architecture, Alamo Square, San Francisco Chronicle, My Kind Of Town, Cruise Port, Public Spaces, Parks And Recreation

S.F. rolls out free WiFi in public spaces throughout city

San Franciscans can now search the Web, return e-mails or help their kids with homework at...

This tower at Portsmouth Square takes cues from its setting with brash textures similar to Chinatown's storefronts. San Francisco Architecture, San Francisco California, Portsmouth, Store Fronts, Times Square, Old Things, Tower, Exterior, Urban

In Chinatown, a modest tower with urban smarts

Yet towers can stand out in other ways, and this one does so by draping the exterior in a...

The best way to see Fillmore is to walk through so you can truly get the feel of the place. Redwood City California, San Francisco Architecture, Fillmore Street, Walking Shoes, Bay Area, Homestead, Wanderlust, Old Things, Places

Stroll Fillmore Street, get a good look at San Francisco

Fillmore then runs down the hill, past Victorians, many of them with fresh paint, on the...

Find out how this experiment unfolded when it comes to small living within the city. San Francisco Architecture, Garden Site, Garden Design, House Design, San Francisco Chronicle, Small Living, Stairs, Home And Garden, Live

Case studies in living small in S.F.

David Baker, an architect, and Yosh Asato, a design communications consultant, who live in...

's uncommon areas: Plazas created from scraps of urban land Landscaping Software, Landscaping Company, San Francisco Architecture, Public Square, Urban Park, Selling Your House, Urban Furniture, Private Garden, Backyard Patio

S.F.'s uncommon areas: Plazas created from scraps of urban land

S.F. shows audacity, imagination with public plazas that create urban gathering places in...

These houses sporting a modern look can be found on the ascent to Coit Tower. San Francisco Architecture, Interior Architecture, International Style Architecture, Multi Story Building, Tower, Houses, Mansions, House Styles, Home Decor

Well-mannered modernism on Telegraph Hill

Modern architecture gets a bad rap in San Francisco, viewed by some as a scourge that...

Palace of Fine Arts gets contemporary updates for centennial San Francisco Architecture, Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco California, The Past, Old Things, Public, Walking, Contemporary, City

Palace of Fine Arts gets contemporary updates for centennial

For the first time in decades, the public can enter the Palace of Fine Arts by walking...

The Sutro Tower sent its first television transmission on July San Francisco Architecture, Old Things, Tower, Island, City, Rook, Computer Case, Islands, Cities

Chronicle reporter on top of the Sutro Tower story

From Sutro Tower you look Mount Tamalpais in the eye; look out to the Farallon Islands...

Twisting San Francisco Skyscraper by Studio Gang Architects Studio Gang Architects unveiled designs of their first ever building in San Francisco, a 400 foot tall residential tower with an undulating, twisting facade. Futuristic Architecture, Residential Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, Amazing Architecture, Architecture Design, Architecture Interiors, Building Architecture, Amazing Buildings, Modern Buildings

Famed Chicago architect Jeanne Gang unveils rippled S.F. tower

San Francisco's newest tower proposal was unveiled Thursday evening - a rippled, 400-foot...

A high-res projection system can overlay images such as future building designs and data such as traffic patterns on the model Printer Stand, 3d Printer, San Francisco Architecture, 3doodler, Future Buildings, Overlays, 3 D, Skyline, Concept

S.F. skyline of future rises today from 3-D printer

The San Francisco skyline of 2017 is a work in progress - except in the precise resin...