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May 20, 2010, 2:39 p.m.
nighttime exterior view of building

Photo: Matthew Millman

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355 11th Street, San Francisco


355 Eleventh is a LEED-NC Gold adaptive reuse of a historic (and previously derelict) turn-of the-century industrial building. Because the project site is on the National Register of Historic Places, the San Francisco Planning Department mandated that the project’s new siding be an “in-kind” replacement of the original (unsalvageable) corrugated metal siding and that the overall window area be consistent between old and new. The design team successfully championed a strategy of introducing subtle perforations into the new zinc cladding to allow light and air into the occupied spaces beyond, maintaining the stoic character of the original building without the visual introduction of new fenestration. (Aidlin Darling Design)