A thin geometric meander crawls its way up the facade of 33 Tehama, the tallest residential project under construction in the rapidly growing SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco, itself a rapidly growing and constantly changing urban center. A residential project developed in concert with artist Yayoi Kusama — whose plaza installation is her first major west coast public art project — 33 Tehama slips its way into the San Francisco skyline.
The meander is both a formal move and a conceptual one, linking the building both inward to itself and outward to the larger context, the compacted urban landscape of the nearby (and under construction) Transbay Terminal and the swiftly developing city. The skyscraper becomes at once a legible form — the vertical delineations of the ribbon drawing the eye to the horizontal floor plates and the clarity of the sweeping glazing. Within the envelope of the structure are 403 residential units, augmented by a rooftop retreat, wellness spa, solarium, bocce court, and sun deck.