The Architecture of Stanley Saitowitz
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BUILD takes a tour of Stanley Saitowitz's San Francisco.
Our work aims to be a blank slate; it tries to be deprogrammed and indeterminate. What we try and do is make quantity of quality.
A few months ago we were lucky enough to find ourselves in San Francisco at the office of Stanley Saitowitz, interviewing the master architect for the summer issue of ARCADE Magazine. (You can find the full interview here.) Having been initially attracted to Saitowitz’s projects for their granular scale and urban elegance, we were delighted to find that the trajectory of his work has found a global audience. Because his design-forward portfolio has grown in scale and complexity, he’s one of our favorite architects to track. Today’s post covers a few of his gems in San Francisco — projects that have come to define city chic. We had the chance to kick the tires on some of them, and we can attest that they’re just as stunning in person. Give ARCADE your eyeballs for a bit, check out the work, and study up on one of our heroes.
1028 Natoma Street 2004-2005
The ideal urban house should be so well designed that all you need to do is bring your clothes, a chair and a table, and you could live there.
1029 Natoma Street 2007
I was recently at an architect’s office, and they were designing doorknobs. I couldn’t be bothered with that; why not use the doorknobs that are already being manufactured? That’s where I think there’s a lot of waste.
University of California San Francisco, Building 23B 2003-2005
Yerba Buena Lofts 1998-2002
It’s a little embarrassing to see the way we build in the United States. I don’t want to make buildings cheaper; what I’m trying to figure out is how to best allocate the construction budget. I’m trying to figure out ways to optimize everything and get the most value.
1234 Howard Street 2003-2008
I read mostly to support my wars.
A huge thanks to Stanley and his team. Check out the full roster of ARCADE interviews conducted by BUILD here.
Cheers from Team BUILD