Working as executive architect with Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates, we helped realize the remodel of four lobbies in The Gateway, a complex of 1960s residential towers in downtown San Francisco designed by Wurster Bonardi & Emmons.
A materials palette of custom walnut paneling, white Thassos marble column enclosures with stainless steel details, Calacatta Oro countertops, porcelain tiles, custom Bocci chandeliers, and classic modern furniture was used across the four lobbies to create simple, modern spaces that complemented the historic towers above. Custom stainless steel and glass entry doors announce each of the lobby entrances against the original bronze anodized aluminum storefronts.
Each lobby was fitted with at least one interior custom signature detail, such as the carved Calacatta Oro marble fountain in the 440 Davis lobby. Where possible, original details like the banks of original brass mailboxes were integrated into the new designs.
With completion of the main lobby renovations, the Gateway is well on the way towards redefining an important San Francisco landmark.