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May 25, 2016

Trinchero Napa Valley opens tasting room, Phase 3 of BAR-designed winery

Napa Valley, CA – Trinchero Napa Valley will open its new public tasting room at 3070 St. Helena Highway in June. Family members recently gathered in the new hospitality center to celebrate the end of a building phase that has stretched more than 12 years. The new public tasting room is in its final stages of completion and is expected to be fully operational next month. It follows the elegant architectural style of the hospitality center with the interiors created by local designer Erin Martin. The San Francisco–based architectural firm of BAR Architects partnered with the Trinchero family for all three phases of the building project.

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May 16, 2016

BAR Architect's design for a new Menlo Park office building is taking shape

Menlo Park, CA – BAR Architect's design for a new Menlo Park office building, steps from the downtown Caltrain station, was featured in the San Francisco Business Times. The design by BAR rises three stories and features traditional and modern architectural elements, several outdoor decks, two levels of underground parking and a striking glass level on the top floor. There’s also a public plaza with “coffee pavilion.”

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May 11, 2016

Habitat for Humanity proposes affordable condos, designed by BAR, in Redwood City

Redwood City, CA – A small, 5,000-square-foot empty lot in downtown Redwood City has grabbed the attention of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, which is now in the process of drafting plans for a six-story, 20-unit, affordable condominium building. BAR Architects of San Francisco is the project designer. The global non-profit housing organization said the project is its first mid-rise development and also the first time it is working with a general contractor, J.H. Fitzmaurice of Oakland, according to Smitha Seshadri, Habitat’s vice president of real estate. Traditionally, all of Habitat’s construction has been built by in-house staff and/or with volunteers, though this project may provide some volunteer opportunities, such as painting and other non-technical work. “Because it is six stories and on a small lot, it’s not altogether practical to use volunteer labor exclusively,” said Habitat Project Manager Justin Albright.

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May 04, 2016

First building in Oakland's huge Brooklyn Basin project to start construction

Oakland, CA – BAR is designing the first building to start construction in Oakland's new Brooklyn Basin community at Oakland's southern waterfront. Plans have been filed with the city, a major step for a project that has taken over a decade to approve and finance. The first building calls for 241 rental units, bounded by 8th Avenue, Brooklyn Way and 9th Avenue, and will be the first project to start construction on the multi-phase site. Design approval is expected in a few months and the project is consistent with the Brooklyn Basin project specifications, which was approved in 2010.

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April 01, 2016

CityLine's green roof fetured in the April 2016 issue of SBC Magazine

BAR's design for the living green roof at CityLine, The Wolff Company's multifamily community in Seattle, was a featured example in SBC Magazine's article "Getting the Garden off the Ground" in their April 2016 issue.

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March 15, 2016

Alameda Point Parcell 11 Wins Planning Board Approval

A building predicted to become an iconic fixture on Alameda's waterfront has won approval from city officials, a milestone in the effort to redevelop Alameda Point following the U.S. Navy's departure nearly 20 years ago. The building, designed by BAR Architects, would be near what the Navy called the Seaplane Lagoon, and will have 221 residential units above ground-floor shops and border a future waterfront park.Planned in an art moderne style to reflect nearby former aircraft hangars and other historic buildings, the structure will offer residents views of San Francisco Bay and be within walking distance of a new ferry terminal that city officials hope will be built.

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March 09, 2016

BAR-designed faculty housing for Stanford University under construction

Faced with skyrocketing housing costs in the region, the university has started construction on University Terrace, a 180-unit residential project for faculty that is expected to open early next year. David Israel, a principal at BAR Architects, which worked on the design, said that the university will not only subsidize this housing to attract the best and brightest, but has also been thoughtful about the quality of the project.

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February 18, 2016

2254 Market receives unanimous SF Planning Commission approval

2254 Market, a new mixed-use project in the Upper Market area of San Francisco, was approved 4-0 by the Planning Commission on Feb. 11. “I think the site is one of the more challenging sites I’ve seen in a long time,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore. “It has not only two frontages with a through lot, but it actually has five irregular sites, which is monumental for any architect to even approach with a diagram.” Moore added that she appreciated the balance between preserving the historic building and designing the new residential units, which will include 12 percent at below-market-rate as part of The City’s inclusionary requirement. “I think it creates a really interesting space,” Moore said. Commissioner Rich Hillis noted that the project complements the Market and Octavia Area Plan, which calls for mixed-use residential and commercial development in transit-served locations. “This is what we expected and encouraged to see [in developing the plan] — a pretty underutilized parcel becoming additional housing, affordable housing and retail for that neighborhood,” Hillis said.

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February 15, 2016

Downtown Long Beach apartments The Current near completion

The Current, a new apartment tower billed as the first development of its kind to be built in downtown Long Beach since the Great Recession, is on pace to open in April, according to developers. Developers AndersonPacific, LLC, Ledcor Properties and Qualico Developments Inc. have nearly completed work on the $70 million first phase of The Current, which is a 17-story, 223-unit apartment tower designed by BAR Architects, near the crossing of Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue. The project’s second phase, a 35-story condominium tower, is still in the planning stages as downtown Long Beach appears to be attracting a new wave of residential developments.

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February 09, 2016

Alchemy by Alta, designed by BAR, opens in Hayes Valley

After more than a decade, a 330-unit apartment complex that was built on a former UC Berkeley Extension site in Hayes Valley has begun leasing. The $117 million project, built by developer Wood Partners and called “Alchemy by Alta,” offers 280 market-rate units and 50 below-market-rate units designed by BAR architecture with Build Group as the contractor.

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October 23, 2015

BAR receives Special Recognition Award in Net Zero Energy Competition sponsored by AIA California Council and PG&E

San Francisco, CA – The joint effort between BAR and Integral Group, Inc. garnered the Special Recognition Award in the Architecture at Zero competition sponsored by AIA California Council and PG&E. The results were announced at a ceremony at Mission Bay on Friday, October 23rd.

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September 28, 2015

UC Davis Student Community Center selected winner of the 2015 Livable Buildings Award from the Center for the Built Environment

Berkeley, CA – BAR's project meets the highest standards for providing healthy and productive indoor environments, and represents best practices for sustainability and overall design. The winning project, along with the other award finalist, ranked among the top scorers in CBE's Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality Survey. The survey, used to study occupant satisfaction with the quality of the indoor environment, has been implemented in over 650 buildings around the globe.

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September 21, 2015

38 Dolores featured in Urban Land article about Water Management

San Francisco, CA – One of the innovative water management strategies in California is water reuse. San Francisco’s new 38 Dolores multifamily project, designed by BAR Architects, includes a landscaped terrace with raised planter beds of native, drought-resistant plants. Water that hits this level flows through beddings and is captured by a subsurface drainage system and reused for irrigating the overall site.

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August 13, 2015

New Starmont Tasting Room featured by the Napa Valley Register

Napa, CA – Starmont Winery & Vineyards has created its first tasting room and inaugurated a wine club, too. Starmont’s new tasting room was built in an existing courtyard next to the winery’s modern production facility in the eastern part of the Carneros region on Stanly Lane. The courtyard also blocks some of the notorious Carneros winds to allow comfortable seating outside. The new tasting room was designed by San Francisco-based BAR Architects, who also designed the original production building completed in 2006.

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August 07, 2015

Global Lighting highlights BAR Architects in their first Global Trends Design Dossier

San Francisco, CA – For almost 50 years, San Francisco-based BAR Architects have been creating spaces that are not only breathtakingly gorgeous (Take a gander at the photos in the images for confirmation. Breathtaking, right?), but also resonate at a deeper level, somehow embracing the landscape and the individual at the same time. “That is what we do here at BAR Architects,” they note. “We create places that inspire and that stand the test of time while meeting each of our client’s specific needs in unique ways.”

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August 02, 2015

ArchDaily profiles Law Estate Winery in their Selected Projects feature

Paso Robles, CA – The winery design reflects the winemaking characteristics that distinguish Law Winery from the many other producers in the Paso Robles region – minimal manipulation and intervention, showcasing the natural characteristics of each varietal and the specific terroir in which they were grown. The building responds directly to the natural materials of the site, the hillside topography and climatic influences of sun and wind. The resulting design is contextually modern and expressive of the various uses contained within the winery.

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July 31, 2015

Law Winery in Paso Robles a featured project in Dezeen magazine

Paso Robles, CA – San Francisco-based BAR Architects has completed a California winery designed to match the colours and textures of its natural surroundings, nestled into a hilly California landscape. Jeff Goodwin, firm principal, said the facility's design takes its cue from farming villages. "The design, inspired by traditional agrarian compounds of the western United States, enables each element of the wine-making process to be expressed as a simple, distinct and function-driven building form," he explained. "The property's slopes and topography were thoroughly studied to optimise the solar exposure, capture views and respond to local wind patterns," he added.

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July 28, 2015

BAR-designed Law Winery featured by DesignBoom

Paso Robles, CA – With a growing portfolio of winery programs, BAR Architects completed their latest project for Law Winery, established on a 55-acre site near Paso Robles in California. The hilltop estate has a 360-degree panoramic view of the combination of coastal and country landscape. Allowing the landscape speak for itself, the scheme is based on a straightforward floor plan with multiple floors which accommodate the small-lot production and experimentation of the huge variety of wine produced.

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July 27, 2015

BAR to design multifamily development in Cathedral Hill area of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA – Build Inc. just filed a proposal to construct a new 14-story, 120-unit apartment building at 830 Eddy St., the latest of several projects with at least 100 units proposed or just built in the area around Van Ness Avenue between Civic Center and Washington Street. BAR Architects was tapped to design the Van Ness corridor project. San Francisco-based developer Build Inc. wants to keep pumping the waves of housing hitting the Van Ness corridor in anticipation of new public transit upgrades and the construction of a major hospital.

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July 24, 2015

BAR's newest winery tasting room featured on

Napa, CA – The outdoor wine-sipping at Starmont Winery and Vineyards. It’s an old grape pioneer’s estate that’s now a bright and airy tasting-room-with-a-patio situation, and it’s open this very moment on the edge of Highway 29. You’ll make this your first stop on your way into Napa. You’ll take a look around and realize that it’s not a typical tasting room. It’s a place that was specifically engineered to put you in a daylong stranglehold of wine-related delights. Just... you’ll want to stay awhile, is all.

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May 13, 2015

Law Estate Winery Featured in Contract Magazine for Capturing a Modern and Sustainable Approach to Winemaking

This 55 acre site located off of Peachy Canyon Road in Paso Robles, CA features a simple floor plan that will accommodate up to 10,000 cases of wine at full build-out. The unique design reflects the winemaking characteristics that distinguish the winery from many other producers in the region. Sustainable design features include gravity flow winemaking, rainwater harvesting, natural daylighitng, green roofing, xeriscaping, and subterranean storage.

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March 04, 2015

BAR's Tahoe Mountain Home Awarded Outstanding Home for Tahoe Quarterly's 2015 Mountain Home Awards

Truckee, CA – BAR's recent design of a custom home in North Lake Tahoe has been awarded Outstanding Home of the Year for the 2015 Mountain Home Awards. Situated on a steep East facing mountain side, the residence has been recognized for its contemporary interpretation of a traditional Tahoe cabin. The 7,580 sq. ft. custom home is constructed of three gable structures that inspire a sense of natural beauty by bringing the panoramic views of the Carson Range inside the residence. The architecture brings together simple traditional mountain building forms with large openings and contemporary detailing.

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January 22, 2015

BAR Welcomes Architect Tom Nelson

San Francisco, CA – A LEED Fellow and founding board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the USGBC, Tom is committed to designing buildings which harness natural systems and minimize their impact on the environment. “In my work at colleges and universities, this commitment has been a major factor in helping me to create an architectural aesthetic that is bio-climatically responsive while creating humane space that is authentic in its context.”

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January 01, 2015

BAR becomes official signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment

San Francisco, CA – BAR is pleased to announce that we are official signatories to the AIA 2030 Commitment, a national initiative that provides firms with the framework to report building design performance, while working to achieve carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.

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December 15, 2014

BAR-designed Law Winery featured in the Central Coast Edition of Vino Magazine

Paso Robles, CA – BAR's latest built winery, Law Winery, is featured in the Vino article, "Modern Elegance – Law Estate Wines Tasting Room: Clean, Elegant and 80 Percent Glass," by Hayley Thomas.

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October 23, 2014

BAR Welcomes Bradley Sugarman

Bradley has developed his design expertise in hospitality and multifamily environments by blending his passion for living an urban lifestyle with his approach to modern architectural design; simple, relevant and sustainable. Having the opportunity to plan and design over 15 projects throughout the Bay Area has helped establish his urban sensibility.

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September 15, 2014

BAR founder Bob Arrigoni is featured alumni at University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts

San Francisco, CA – The story of BAR Architects' history, founded in 1966 as Backen Arrigoni and Ross, is rich and interesting. One of the founders, Robert Arrigoni, his career and the story of BAR's history are highlighted in "100 Alumni Stories" at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts website.

Read about BAR's history and Bob's career at the U of O's Alumni page.
August 18, 2014

BAR-designed Schroeder Hall to debut at Green Music Center

Rohnert Park, CA – When it debuts this weekend, Sonoma State University’s new Schroeder Hall, a short walk from the Green Music Center’s renowned concert venue, is set to offer the campus and community something different. The 250-seat recital hall, across the lawn seating area behind the 1,400-seat Weill Hall, will provide a more intimate space for live music by both local and guest artists as well as a place for students to learn, rehearse and perform.

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August 15, 2014

Upscale, luxury apartments coming to downtown Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – 17th Place, a $6.7 million complex, will occupy 1.34 acres in downtown Bakersfield. "17th Place will soon be considered the touchstone for luxury urban living in Bakersfield," the developer's press release reads. "17th Place will fill a need for renters who seek the excitement and convenience of living in an upscale urban setting." The complex will comprise two-story living spaces over tandem parking garages -- one vehicle behind the other. Every unit gets a private garage and a front stoop; every unit has two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms, and all but six will be 1,160 square feet. The other six are corner units, 1,250 square feet each. Interior appointments -- appliances and some finishes -- are still being determined, but the project's designer, Daniel Cater of BAR Architects in San Francisco, said the goal is a modern atmosphere."I'm excited, too, for the potential of this part of downtown really threading together," said Cater, a Bakersfield native who has known the Smiths for years. "There's sort of the west side and the east side of downtown, and I think the central part has not been in the forefront. This provides a great linkage for residents. The 15-minute walk radius for this site is amazing."

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July 23, 2014

Mixing Art & Life at 1645 Pacific Avenue

San Francisco, CA – 1645 Pacific Avenue is designed with an aesthetic and a desire for "artistic" living. The street front, which incorporates an historic structure already on the site, is a lively composition of sculptural elements, bays, traditional windows, and wrought iron. As expected, the interiors are just as well considered and edited.

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July 18, 2014

BAR-designed faculty housing part of residential growth at Stanford

Palo Alto, CA – Stanford University anticipates starting construction in the fourth quarter on a 17-acre residential project that will add housing for Stanford faculty. It’s the first housing ever built in the Stanford-owned research park, a 700-acre, 10-million-square-foot commercial juggernaut. “It has a slightly different mission,” said David Israel, a principal with BAR Architects in San Francisco, who is working on the design of one piece of the project. “It’s a reflection of the university, of their commitment to the faculty, and will help them recruit and retain.”

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July 17, 2014

38 Dolores featured for its impressive outdoor space

San Francisco, CA – Outdoor amenities at newly built condo and rental buildings in San Francisco have become a big deal. Roof decks with spots to grill and gather are practically standard-issue, while some properties have installed outdoor pools and cabanas. CurbedSF pulled together a list of 10 of the buildings with the best outdoor spaces around the city, from the butterfly garden at 38 Dolores to the saline lap pool at NEMA.

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June 26, 2014

BAR received top honors at PCBC 51st Annual Gold Nugget Awards Ceremony

San Francisco, CA – Architects, Interior Designers, Contractors, Developers, and a host of industry insiders gathered to applaud the best of the best in architectural design at the PCBC 51st Annual Gold Nugget Awards Ceremony. Three BAR-design projects came away with top honors. 38 Dolores earned two Grand Awards: Attached Residential Project of the Year, and Best Multifamily Housing Project over 60 du/acre. Earning Awards of Merit were 636 El Camino Real for Best Affordable Project – 30 to 60 du/acre, and 2130 Post for Best Renovated or Restored Project.

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June 15, 2014

Space and Flow - BAR featured in July issue of Wines & Vines

Paso Robles, CA – Principal Jeff Goodwin was interviewed for the July issue of Wines & Vines, in the article, "Space and Flow", about how successful winery design leads to efficient wine making. BAR-designed Law Winery in Paso Robles, CA, was featured as well, highlighting their gravity-flow production.

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June 01, 2014

Two BAR projects earn high marks from USGBC

Two BAR projects recently received high marks from the USGBC. The UC Davis Segundo Services Center, in Davis, CA, earned LEED Platinum certification. The mixed-use, multifamily community 38 Dolores, with 81 residential units and a 30,000 sf Whole Foods Market, was awarded LEED Gold certification.

May 19, 2014

BAR Wins 4 Awards of Merit at the 2014 Gold Nugget Awards

San Francisco, CA – BAR Architects is the winner of four Awards of Merit for the 2014 Gold Nugget Awards. These awards draw entries throughout the United States and internationally and honors architectural design and planning excellence. BAR's winning projects are: 2130 Post St. in the Renovated Project category, 636 El Camino in the Affordable Project 30 to 60 du/acre category, 38 Dolores St. in the Multifamily Housing category and 38 Dolores St. in the Residential Project of the Year category. Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on June 26 as a feature highlight of PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

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April 30, 2014

BAR Architects is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm for 2014

April, 2014 – BAR Architects is listed as a Top 500 Firm in the Engineering News-Record 2014 Top 500 Firm list. This list ranks the largest 500 architectural firms and is ranked by architectural revenue data.

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March 28, 2014

38 Dolores is a 2014 SF Business Times Finalist

San Francisco, CA – 38 Dolores St., the 81-unit mixed-use development of BAR Architects and The Prado Group, Inc., is a San Francisco Business Times Real Estate Deal of the Year finalist for 2014. This award honors the boldest and most creative real estate deals done in the Bay Area for the year of 2014. The Prado Group, Inc.and BAR Architects worked with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and 42 other stakeholder groups to ensure that 38 Dolores met the communities needs. 38 Dolores is a finalist for the Market-rate/Residential/San Francisco category

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March 19, 2014

Ground breaks on BAR Architects' $70M Apartment Building

Long Beach, CA – Friday, March 21, Anderson Pacific LLC will break ground on The Current tower, a 17-story, 232-unit property and first tower to be buillt in the two-tower Shoreline Gateway project. Designed by BAR Architects, this mixed-use property will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, penthouses and retail on the ground floor. A catalyst in the resurging Long Beach real estate market, The Current is the first ground-up high-rise apartment building built in Long Beach since the recession and is targeting young professionals as residents. This project is expected to be LEED-Gold certified prior completion.

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March 04, 2014

Six Story Folsom Street Development Rendered, Dubbed 99 Rausch

San Francisco, CA – The Local Development Group has officially filed their application to raze the former Bay Lighting & Design building and adjacent parking lot on the northeast corner of Folsom and Rausch and construct a mixed-use development with 112 residential units, 5,600 square feet of ground floor retail, and 100 parking stalls on the West SoMa site. While currently known as the 1140 Folsom Street project, the development which is being designed by BAR Architects will be dubbed 99 Rausch.

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February 17, 2014

Work to begin on Gunbarrel Center in March

Boulder, CO – More than a decade in planning, the BAR-designed Gunbarrel Center mixed-use development is slated to break ground by the end of March. Situated on about 9.3 acres at the southwest corner of Gunpark Drive and Lookout Road, Gunbarrel Center will include 251 market-rate apartments and about 29,000 square feet of commercial space spread out among 14 three-story buildings to the east of Gunbarrel's King Soopers grocery store.

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January 15, 2014

BAR-designed Dolores Heights Residence in San Francisco featured in February issue of Architectural Digest

On a slender hilside lot in San Francisco, celebrated antiques dealer Ed Hardy builds a Spanish-inspired house whose lush terraces and gracious rooms offer respite from urban bustle. For inspriation, Hardy and Richard Beard of BAR Architects turned to the 1920s mansions of George Washington Smith. To read more and view the stunning photos, pick up your copy of the latest issue of Architectural Digest, now on newstands, or click on the link below to go to Architectural Digest online.

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January 10, 2014

38 Dolores a stylish but subdued addition to Upper Market

The recently completed 38 Dolores continues to recieve notice, including an article by San Francisco Chronicle architectural critic John King, "This one commands notice because of the prominence of the block-long site, at the crest where Dolores Street's march of palm trees concludes and Market begins its long descent to the Ferry Building. With no shortage of design cues to choose from, Prado Group and BAR Architects chose a contemporary look and then adapted it to the existing contexts on each side."

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