American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Home Tours

Home Tour: Heron Arts | Thursday October 8, 2015

Heron Arts
Boor Bridges Architecture
SOMA, San Francisco

Heron Arts with Boor Bridges Architecture

Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm (See details below)

Join us on this exclusive look into Heron Arts by Boor Bridges Architecture.

6:00 – 7:00 pm VIP Tour+Talk with Design Team

$40 AIA Members, $50 General Admission (Includes Open House times as well)

Come on this exclusive tour of the Heron Arts with Boor Bridges Architecture. For a VIP experience, this first hour will be a more intimate tour of the home with the design team. Limited tickets available.

7:00 – 9:00 pm Open House

$20 AIA Members, $30 General Admission

Come to the Open House portion of the tour where the design team will still be on site to answer any of your questions about the home.

Heron Arts is a dramatic space for artistic exploration, community engagement, and showcasing art, all wrapped into a livable industrial space. This project occupies two stories of an 8,000 sq. ft. historic brick building in the South of Market. BBA had originally transformed this space into LeeQuen Atelier in 2006.

Our design approach for Heron was responsive and explorative, seeking to create a few defining gestures with experiential impact, while maintaining the engaged, open tone set by the client. New infrastructure—guest spaces, private bathroom, event kitchen and communal restrooms—is appropriately industrial and utilitarian in aesthetic, devised to serve the building’s three, overlapping uses.

A new stair tempts you up to the roof through a sliding skylight. Sculptural custom LED lighting adds an artful touch and helps define the spatial zones. An over-scaled, steel and glass door grounds the design as a throwback to the building’s earlier use as a commercial laundry.

Location: San Francisco 
Size: 8,000 SF
Completion: December 2013
Architect: Boor Bridges Architecture, Inc.
Contractor: Jeff King & Co.
Interiors: Geremia Design
Photography: Cesar Rubio

Photography provided by Boor Bridges Architecture, Inc. | Full Credit:

Name of Project: Heron Arts
Project Location: San Francisco, CA
Photographer: Cesar Rubio
Architect: Boor Bridges Architecture, Inc.

About the Tours

AIA San Francisco's Home Tours series is the first of its kind in the Bay Area to promote a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view.

Started in San Francisco in 2003, the annual program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in the region. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Bay Area living. In 2010, AIASF expanded the series to Marin County (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 tours). In 2014, AIASF with AIARE expanded the series to Sonoma County.

Tours promote awareness and understanding of excellent design, as well as demonstrate the positive impact of design as it contributes to our economy, environment and community identity. Pre-tour lectures and opportunities to interact with representatives from the design team on the day of the tour provide valuable insight into the design process.

Click the images at right to learn more about past San Francisco and Marin home tours. Images © Bruce Damonte and Phil Bond.


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Home Tours Committee

Paul Adamson, FAIA
Nilus de Matran, Assoc. AIA
Lise de Vito, Assoc. AIA
Vivian Dwyer
Mark English, AIA
Antonina Markoff

Morgan Pierce, AIA
Cecilia Quezada, AIA
Payton Stiewe
Sarah Willmer, AIA
Jaime Wong, AIASF Program Manager