News and Press

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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November 14, 2013

38 Dolores Grand Opening Celebration

San Francisco, CA – Some of San Francisco's top architects and developers welcomed VIPs, apartment-hunters, politicians, and press to the ribbon-cutting and celebration of one of the city's newest addresses—38 Dolores in the red-hot Castro/Mission districts. Noted attendees included members of the developer firm The Prado Group, the BAR Architects team, Supervisor Scott Weiner and former Supervisor Bevan Dufty. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Dylan Mahoney while enjoying food catered by the building's own Whole Foods Market, and viewing the gorgeous SF views from balconies of model units.

See event photos and read about the opening at 7x7 SF
November 11, 2013

Team Sand Gogh wins Silver at this year's Leap Sandcastle contest

San Francisco, CA – The sun was shining on Ocean Beach when teams started digging at this year's Leap Sandcastle Building Contest. The Sand Gogh team from Redding Elementary won silver with their sandcastle commemorating San Francisco landmarks. Sand Gogh teamed with professionals from BAR Architects, Blach Construction, KPFF Consulting Engineers and Project Frog. Leap provides arts education programs to more than 30 schools and 7,000 students across the San Francisco Bay Area. The sandcastle contest is Leap’s primary fundraiser.

Photo galleries, winners and more at SFBay
November 08, 2013

38 Dolores: An Extra Sensory Experience

San Francisco, CA – 7x7 SF featured newly opened 38 Dolores, the BAR-designed multifamily community in SF's Upper Market area at Dolores and Market streets. As they note, "Offering the ultimate experience of urban living with the combination of awesome amenities plus central location, 38 Dolores is pretty much everybody's dream address."

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November 02, 2013

BAR-designed 38 Dolores adds to upscale housing in SF's Upper Market area

San Francisco, CA – 38 Dolores, the new 81-unit apartment community at Market and Dolores, which offers an herb garden, butterfly habitat, on-site car sharing and a Whole Foods Market on the first floor, is "the place for your urban lifestyle," according to its calling card. Dan Safier, founder and president of developer The Prado Group, weighs in on the recent housing additions to the Upper Market area.

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October 24, 2013

BAR designs four new retail buildings at Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto, CA – Stanford Shopping Center is adding four new retail buildings without changing its total footprint. Mall operator Simon Properties is working with BAR Architects of San Francisco on the design, The Guzzardo Partnership on the landscape, Holmes Culley on the engineering and Lighting Design Alliance on lighting fixtures. In addition to the new shop space, the refresh also includes a major update of the center's aesthetics, including facade improvements to existing shop buildings and a new landscaping plan.

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October 14, 2013

BAR is Changing San Francisco Neighborhoods

San Francisco, CA - BAR 's newest urban infill project 38 Dolores / 2001 Market Street was featured in San Francisco Magazine's article "Cranespotting" which highlights the 50 groundbreaking, zeitgeist-revealing projects that are reshaping San Francisco right now. The 81-unit, mixed use project was listed is the featurette "Cranespotting: Nabe Changers" as one of the 18 apartment buildings in San Francisco that are indelibly altering their neighborhoods.

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October 04, 2013

San Francisco Business Times asks three questions of BAR

San Francisco, CA - J.K. Dineen, a real estate reporter with the San Francisco Business Times, sat down with BAR Architects Principal Chris Haegglund to talk about 55 Laguna and other projects the firm has going on in San Francisco.

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October 02, 2013

Alta Laguna multiamily project featured in San Francisco Business Times

San Francisco, CA - Wood Partners has started demolition of the non-historic structures on the 5.8-acre development at 55 Laguna St., a $150 million project, designed by BAR Architects, that will total 330 market-rate rental apartments.

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September 16, 2013

Story of A Store: AEO Times Square

New York, NY – At 30,000 square feet, the American Eagle Outfitters Times Square store is the largest in their fleet—and more than 40,000 customers walk through its doors every week. In July, they debuted a newly redesigned layout of the flagship store, designed in conjunction with BAR Architects. AEO spoke with their Director of International Brand Presentation to learn more about what goes into redesigning a store and the inspiration behind the new look of the Times Square store.

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September 14, 2013

BAR-designed projects included in Unbuilt San Francisco: Ambition and Imagination exhibition

Curated by John King, San Francisco urban design critic, and Waverly Lowell, Curator, CED Environmental Design Archives, this five-venue exhibition showcased architectural visions for the region that never came to be.

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September 10, 2013

BAR Architects named one of top 50 US architectual firms

San Francisco, CA - BAR Architects were honored by ARCHITECT Magainze by being ranked #47 in their annual ranking of US architectural firms. Now in its fifth year, the Architect 50 is a qualitative look at how firms stack up across a broad range of categories, from business to sustainability to design. BAR came in at #47 overall, with a ranking of #14 in Business/Revenue, and #43 for Sustainability.

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August 21, 2013

38 Dolores Sneak Peek Offers Up Kitchen, Bathroom Design

San Francisco, CA - 38 Dolores (the residential address of the BAR-designed 2001 Market Street project) is gearing up for its debut on the rental market, and a few photos have come out of the interiors. Mostly focusing on the kitchen and bathroom, the photos show us that the kitchen's outfitted with Studio Becker cabinets and hardwood flooring.

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May 28, 2013

BAR's website earns Best in Class status

New York, NY - Interactive Media Awards has bestowed BAR's website with top honors – the Best in Class Award – in the category of Architecture/Interior Design, with an overall score of 497 out of 500 possible points.

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May 23, 2013

The Art of BAR Architecture

Hong Kong, China - Two of BAR's projects – the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, and the Sonoma State University Green Music Center – have been featured in two beautiful architecutral books recently published by Design Vision International Publishing of Hong Kong, China.

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March 22, 2013

636 El Camino garners recognition while collecting two back-to-back awards

San Francisco, CA - 636 El Camino, the new 109-unit workforce housing development in South San Francisco, received impressive accolades at awards ceremonies two nights in a row, from the San Francisco Business Times to Sustainable San Mateo County.

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March 21, 2013

BAR named as designer of one of Home & Architectural Trends' Top 50 Homes

New Zealand - Home & Architectural Trends announced the Trends Top 50 American Homes, and BAR has been selected as the designer of one of thier top projects for our design of Cloudy Meadow Ranch in Paso Robles, CA.

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March 08, 2013

EcoBuilding Pulse features Principal Susan McComb's thoughts on how Eco-Charrettes build trust

San Francisco, CA - Susan walks us through the process and value of bringing stakeholders to the "Green Building" table from the get-go, through BAR's work with the University of California, Davis, on the new Student Community Center.

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February 15, 2013

Sonoma State University's Green Music Center featured in SF Chronicle article

San Francisco, CA - John King, The San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic, featured BAR-designed Green Music Center in his online SFGate article about three new Bay Area music halls.

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February 01, 2013

BAR Architects welcomes Senior Designer William Duncanson

William joins BAR with over 15 years of experience in architectural design with a specific focus in mixed-use, multifamily and affordable housing. A LEED Accredited Professional, he also possesses extensive experience working successfully with numerous San Francisco city agencies and communities to create high-quality infill housing. His hire supports BAR’s continued commitment to creating quality livable and sustainable communities.

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January 12, 2013

BAR's Design featured on Remodelista website

Palo Alto, CA - BAR Architects' design and use of concrete in a custom residence in Palo Alto, CA, has been featured on Remodelista.com as one of five great uses of concrete (and concrete-like materials) from members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory.

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January 11, 2013

CommunicationArts picks FINE Design's refresh of BAR's website as its Webpick of the week

BAR's site had been up for almost seven years; it was time for a refresh that carried the same impact and allure as the original site that FINE Design created for us. Our new site is a work of art and a fitting evolution of the previous version.

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