This project was about transparency and collaboration. In the interest of transparency layer after layer of this old San Francisco signage shop got peeled away. Probably more was removed than was added. The bits that were added back were collaborative and improvisation. The client and fabricators were part of the design team. The design team was part of the construction team. Everyone had a job to do but it was hard to tell where the boundaries were. The whole thing went together painfully and enjoyably slow. What we were left with was an open, inviting, and functional factory. You can spend 5 minutes and basically get it. You can spend all day and not feel yucky. Seth Boor was the design lead and architect of record for this project and every Sightglass building project from concept through construction. Seth continues to collaborate with Sightglass on projects that build on the creative relationship we began in 2009.
Seth Boor was the design lead and architect of record for this project from concept through construction. The design was completed as a side project, a favor to friends, and an exploration of how much fun you could cram into an alley studio of 800 square feet.
They lived in the basement for two years and rode motorcycles around the country looking for materials to build a coffee house out of. There was a plan and it was a good one. It changed every day. It was a living plan that absorbed all the energy and matter we fed it and we always seemed to just narrowly avert disaster. The mistakes were celebrated as well as they could be. The mistakes became part of the story in the hopes that the good times would survive the bad. Seth Boor was the design lead and architect of record for this project and every Four Barrel building project from concept through construction.
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