Inexperienced wall grows 5 storeys up 2177 Third Road in San Francisco

The architecture firm Woods Bagot has clad a block of flats in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district with a five-story green wall.

The residential building, named 2177 Third Street, includes 114 condominiums with amenities like a private courtyard, beach access, and a spa – or “spa” – for dogs.

2177 Third Street is in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco

Once a center of the shipbuilding industry, the Dogpatch harbor district is now home to trendy bars and cafes.

Woods Bagot designed the block of flats to take advantage of California’s mild climate, with an inner courtyard and individual balconies. Open pedestrian bridges connect different parts of the building and let the wind through.

Living Wall at 2177 Third StreetThe green wall is five stories high

The living wall, which covers much of the exterior, was created by Habitat Horticulture’s local living wall specialists and contains 13 species of plants, such as geranium and agapanthus, arranged in a swirling pattern.

“Many of these were chosen to attract local pollinators, and any day you can find honeybees, moths and bumblebees all at the same time,” said David Brenner, founder of Habitat Horticulture.

“Our approach carefully examines the microclimate, potential growth rates and lighting levels of the installation space to ensure that an appropriate type is specified for each location on the wall,” he told Dezeen.

Glazed bricks on the first floor at 2177 Third StreetTeal glazed bricks are from a local supplier

The green wall at 2177 Third Street is 14.6 meters high and 7.6 meters wide.

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Habitat Horticulture carries out maintenance work on the lower part of the wall on a monthly basis. A swing stage is used twice a year to maintain the upper portions and, if necessary, to replace plants.

Green wall seen from the insideThe green wall is visible from inside the building

The wall is visible through floor-to-ceiling glazing that lines the corridors on all levels of the building. The green complements the bronze-colored facade of the building with box-shaped balconies that protrude between the window walls.

“A simple window wall system for the facade integrates bespoke bronze anodized aluminum profiles that frame the 4.5 meter long facade modules,” Woods Bagot told Dezeen.

“A mixture of framed balconies and metallic fritted glass gives the exterior of the building a dynamic look.”

Pedestrian bridges of a block of flats in CaliforniaPedestrian bridges overlook the courtyard

On the ground floor, the shop windows are framed by glazed blue-green bricks that are sourced locally from the Dogpatch district.

Bronze accents can be found in the lobby, with highlighting the elevator doors and reception counter.

A rooftop lounge offers fire pits for residents to gather in, and the condominiums at 2177 Third Street also provide access to a co-working space, bike repair shop, and resident lounge with a “kitchen / kitchen”.

Woods Bagot rooftop fire pits2177 Third Street is crowned by a rooftop terrace with fire pits

Woods Bagot is a global architecture firm founded in Australia in 1896. The office’s recent US projects include a Manhattan restaurant and the office’s own New York offices.

The photograph is courtesy of Woods Bagot.

Project Loans:

Client: Align real estate
Woods Bagot Architectural Team: Guion Childress and Hannah Cao
Woods Bagot interior team: Katy Mercer and Hannah Cao
Landscape architecture: Marina Design Group and Surface
Structural analysis: Nishkian Menninger
Civil engineer: BKF engineers
Mechanical and electrical engineer: Meyers + engineers
Sanitary engineering: SJ engineers
Living wall: Horticulture habitat
Facade: AGA design build
Sustainability consultant: Urban Fabrick

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