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Architecture SF by John King

Erica Neumann



In Architecture SF, John King explores the cultural influences of the city’s architecture. The book focuses on contemporary and historic buildings, and discusses how they shape a city’s culture. In it, he covers the terra cotta cliff, Tudor Revival style, and City Hall.

SFMOMA’s terra-cotta cliff

A rippling white cliff face looms behind the original Hammer Museum, built by Swiss Po-Mo master Mario Botta. The cliff is a massive meringue, rising above an Art Deco tower and the museum’s soaring Po-Mo temple.

The museum’s extension, by architectural firm Snohetta, adds almost triple the gallery space. The design aims to complement Botta’s Postmodern structure without treading on it. The result is an interesting contrast, though it doesn’t completely work.

SFMOMA’s expansion in 2016

The SFMOMA’s new building blends art and science. It is a modern, multi-level structure with seven levels of exhibition space and expanded support space for operations. The expansion will nearly double the museum’s current gallery capacity, while maintaining a sense of intimacy and connection to the surrounding urban environment.

The museum’s expansion is aimed at showcasing its strengths and expanding its collection. Photographic collections are one of the museum’s cornerstones, and the new Pritzker Center for Photography will be the largest photographic arts center in the United States. With more than fifteen thousand square feet, the new center will extend the museum’s commitment to the medium. Its inaugural exhibition includes commissioned works from the permanent collection.

SFMOMA recently announced a collaborative conservation program titled “The Artist Initiative.” The program is designed to broaden the museum’s expertise in preservation issues. The first phase of this project will focus on color and experimental photography from the 1970s and 1980s.

SFMOMA’s Tudor Revival style

The Tudor Revival style is a historically inspired architectural style. It is known for its half-timbering and steeply pitched roof. This style was popular during the arts and crafts movement and became more popular in the 1920s. The Tudor Revival style is also known as an English Cottage or a Picturesque Cottage.

The SFMOMA building on Third Street is one of many examples of this style. The neighborhood has become a vibrant cultural district with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of African Diaspora, Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF Camerawork, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Cartoon Art Museum, and California Historical Society.

The SFMOMA building was completed in 1995 and is one of the most iconic buildings in San Francisco. It is located in the South of Market neighborhood of downtown San Francisco. Its stepped brick façade is highlighted by a soaring cylindrical turret. Its exterior features alternating bands of white and black stone.

SFMOMA’s City Hall

SFMOMA’s City Hall is a revolving exhibition space that showcases work by a variety of artists and media. Curators include David A. Ross, who served as the museum’s director from June 1998 to August 2001. His work included the acquisition of twenty-two important works by Ellsworth Kelly, fourteen important works by Robert Rauschenberg, and two important late paintings by Piet Mondrian.

The museum’s selection committee is comprised of community members, civic leaders, museum trustees, and community experts. Its members include architects Bill Wilson and Robin Wright and experts in community service. The committee is assisted by Deputy Director Ruth Berson.

SFMOMA’s Transamerica Pyramid

The Transamerica Pyramid is a landmark building in San Francisco. Originally the War Memorial Veterans Building, it was relocated to its current building by Mario Botta in 1995. The museum tripled its gallery space with the completion of the project, which cost $305 million. Its new architecture is both striking and diverse, with works from internationally renowned artists such as Dan Graham and James Turrell.

This futurist building features 48 stories and is 853 feet tall. When it was completed, the Pyramid was the eighth tallest building in the world. Its design is reminiscent of a pyramid, with two wings erupting from its sides. The top of the building is covered with aluminum panels, making it one of the most impressive architectural designs in the city.

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