Client : GSA
Architect: HKS Architects Inc.
50 UN Plaza, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center, is the renovation of an historic Arthur Brown Jr. building that was built in 1936. CLA was responsible for the redesign of its 24,000 square foot interior courtyard, as well as the perimeter streetscape and security components. Working with an artist, CLA developed a contemporary design for the courtyard that provides intimate spaces as well as accommodating medium-sized outdoor gatherings. Elements of the original courtyard design are expressed through the retained symmetrical layout and circulation. The space is enlivened with arcing paving bands that transition into concrete benches and 2 new granite fountains centered in groves of birch trees and ferns. While the space will recall the history of the original courtyard the updates will reinvent the space as a serene experience away from the bustle of UN Plaza.