SF Chronicle — “In Bay Area, Jeanne Gang’s architecture goes beyond head-turning towers”

“I like that San Mateo is thinking about how, in a democracy, you can make the best workers want to join government rather than a tech firm. We want to honor that.”

— Jeanne Gang

"To understand why Jeanne Gang is a deeply important architect, not just a spinner of eye-catching forms, check out her four Bay Area projects. The eclectic mix of projects is a timely reminder that architecture should engage broader cultural needs. . . .

The project for San Mateo County [is] an administration building coupled with a remake of the county’s government campus on the edge of downtown Redwood City. Four stories of offices — shaped from above like an angled elongated doughnut — will sit atop six sculpted columns rising 32 feet to clear room for a free-standing, glass-enclosed Board of Supervisors’ chamber and a ground-floor plaza that flows into surrounding spaces. . . .

The county building fits within what the firm calls 'actionable idealism' — efforts that take in everything from small public and cultural buildings to research efforts on how inner-city police stations might be recast from symbols of official power by adding such community services as health facilities and basketball courts."

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San Francisco Chronicle — “Waterfront towers are coming to Mission Rock. They won’t look like you’d expect”

"Gang’s 23-story residential tower would be the most startling of all — an almost willfully precarious stack of floors that shuffle out and back so that every three levels there’d be a cliff-like shared terrace for residents."

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San Francisco Business Times — “'Bold' designs mark Giants, Tishman Speyer vision for $1 billion Mission Rock”

"Sure to garner the most attention will be Studio Gang’s and Quezada Architecture’s off-kilter residential tower. Its stepped podium leads to planted terraces and raked seating, offering views of the public square. But its tower is what stands: with floors askew, it resembles either the Jenga building-block game or rocky outcroppings of chert found around the city."