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Dwell Magazine

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Coco Segaller

Born in London and raised in New Jersey, Coco is a fan of both refined aesthetics and vernacular culture. She identifies as a flâneur‎, and can be often found wandering San Francisco, trying to sneak a look into strangers’ houses. Coco’s passions include social justice, textile art, and singing the praises of the Tenderloin to those who are not yet convinced. Her opportunities to travel globally have reinforced her love for site-specificity in all forms; from eating street food in the last remaining hutongs of Beijing to jet-skiing in the South of France, she seizes the experiences that can only come up in a particular place and time. Coco hopes in the near future to travel large swaths of the United States, adopt a dog, direct a documentary film, and weave her own rugs.

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Greening the Alley

If you’ve been lurkin’ on Larkin lately, you’ve probably noticed some big changes. Boor Bridges just celebrated the one year anniversary of moving to our light-filled studio on Larkin Street, and we’ve settled into our sunny workspace quite comfortably. It was about time that the exterior of our building got some much needed attention. With help from the Lower Polk Neighborhood Initiative, and the expertise and talents of Habitat Horticulture and The Urban Lab, we now have a vertical garden crawling up our façade. Designed as a two-part armature to engage our corner at Cedar Street, the greenery adds a bright new dimension to the streetscape.

We have also welcomed a new bakery as our downstairs neighbor, a venture by Amanda Michaels of Jane on Fillmore. She has transformed the space into a beautiful café, with a full kitchen to work her magic in. With a fresh coat of paint, new storefront windows and the vertical garden, this building has a fresh street presence. This facelift is more than skin deep, though. These changes are indicative of principles greater than improved curb appeal. They are the manifestation of our pride in this place, and a testament to the movers and shakers of this neighborhood. With the help of the Lower Polk Neighborhood Initiative, the Lower Polk CBD Steering Committee, and entrepreneurs like Amanda, we’ve been able to implement some noteworthy improvements. So, if geranium blooms in the breeze and fresh baked cookies sound enticing (and how could they not?), drop by for a visit!

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Shotenkenchiku Magazine

“Coffee Design in San Francisco”
Article about Boor Bridges Architecture featuring Flora Grubb Gardens, Fourbarrel Coffee, Sightglass Coffee, and The Mill.

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Contract Magazine

John Czarnecki, For Dropbox, Geremia Design and Boor Bridges Architecture share files, design expertise
Article about Dropbox Headquarters.

 

 

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Transitions

It has been 2 months since I was first welcomed at the doors of Boor Bridges Architecture.  As a recent grad, I find that there is much to learn within the realm of professional practice, and I am very happy to have found such a stimulating environment to continue my development.  This summer has definitely been a significant transition period, in certain cases, not the smoothest.

When I first moved from New York two years ago, I knew the East Bay as home, and San Francisco as the distant vacation spot only accessible by BART, but have always had my eyes set on someday residing here.  Once I finished school and began working in the heart of the city, I figured it was the best time to begin my search for my first San Francisco apartment!

Day 1:

I have made a few calls, and am very optimistic.

Day 18:

Happiness gone.  Looking for an apartment in the city was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I spent my nights on Craigslist and my weekends at crowded showing with individuals willing to prorate back to 2007.  These were of course the nicer listings with actual windows and ceiling heights that did not compromise my 6’2” stature.  I did however begin to appreciate the power of a wide-angle lens.  A few owners almost tricked me into living in a walk-in closet.  What can I say; it’s a tough market, especially when everyone wants to live in San Francisco, and for good reason.  Fortunately, I finally found a great place in close proximity to, well, everything.  My commute to the office is fairly quick, and the commute itself is one worth looking forward to.  The building carries its original early 1900s charm with well-crafted woodwork throughout.  I aim to look further into this site’s history as its date of completion sets it among the first builds of the sunset district.  This area was predominately windswept sand dunes at the time, but underwent dramatic transformation throughout the following decades.  I suppose I am surrounded by significant change.

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The City, Seen as a Garden of Ideas

As the most recent addition to Boor Bridges Architecture, I am very excited to work with this talented team of designers, thinkers, and makers. I relocated to this beautiful city from the mountains of Western North Carolina. I hail from a lush Appalachian landscape, climatically classified as a temperate rainforest, with every bit of the biodiversity one would expect to accompany such a title. I lived in Asheville, a city known for its arts community, excellent restaurants, and abundance of breweries. It is a city that takes pride in its history and is home to some exquisite examples of 1920’s architecture.

As a city, it is very connected to, and affected by, its topographical surroundings. I’m certainly no stranger to hills or fog! San Francisco seems to have a similar relationship to its geographical location, but on a much larger scale. There is something so beautiful about the layers of San Francisco. The juxtaposition of natural conditions and willful human intervention is fascinating. I find this particularly apparent at the places where the logic of the city grid, which so arbitrarily slices across topography, succumbs to the realities of this area’s violent geological history. This also happens in the green spaces of San Francisco, in the gardens, yards and parks that were preserved to carve out pockets of private and public outdoor space.

On my first visit to San Francisco years ago, I left with the idea that this was a garden city, where succulents grow at every doorstep and flowering trees of a Dr. Seuss-like variety line the streets. San Francisco is a garden of people, of transplants and natives, a composition of cultures, blooming with specimens of every color, shape, and size. It is also a garden of ideas, to borrow the title of Peter Cook’s monograph on contemporary urban conditions. As a new transplant to this garden, I look forward to exploring the landscape and all the ideas that are embedded in this city, ready to be discovered.

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Lurkin’ on Larkin

I am feeling lucky…lucky to have found a new home for our firm in this city that we love, lucky to be an architect, lucky to be in a country that values my aspirations.

I recently purchased a building for our office—not an easy feat in any metropolis, but especially not easy in SF, where property values are extraordinarily high and continue to climb as market confidence builds and the new creative and tech classes grow. But, lo and behold, after a four-year search, our perseverance paid off! We closed in July 2012 on a 1907 building (with 1950 addition), bolstered by much appreciated help from family and friends, as well as the US government’s SBA program.

As I drafted this post, on Memorial Day 2013, I was reflecting on that help from the government and feeling especially grateful, as it enabled us to purchase this property on very reasonable terms, making it realistic for a design professional to fulfill her dream.

I believe that investing in our future is good for our country and so does the SBA. It is a rare federal program that cuts to the chase and rewards the hard work of the small businesses that fuel our economy. Thank you to the multitude of dedicated people in our current administration and those who came before you, for this support of entrepreneurship.

Granted, this may sound like an advertisement for the powers that be in DC, but it’s not…I’m just struck at the confluence of my background as a liberal, California-born citizen, whose life has been shaped by a local melting pot of tie-dye, abundant opportunity, and not-quite-anarchist views, with the positive support that smart, powerful government programs can offer.

So, we go forth, as an atelier of powerful designers!

Our new building affords us the space to expand as well as to experiment, and designing it in a building that’s all ours gave us the opportunity to reconnect with our core values and apply them to the space where we spend our days. We are currently building a workshop on the ground floor with basic woodworking tools as well as MIG and TIG welding equipment, and many areas for mess-making material explorations. Being material-centric designers, we anchored our office space on the second floor with a materials library ‘island’—an ever-evolving collection of stuff to peruse, riff off, employ, and noodle on—which influences the ways we think, work and make.

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We’ve Moved!

After over 12 years in the Mission District, our office has moved to our new hood – the Tenderloin. Our light-filled, spacious new office (images coming soon) is also above a beautiful retail space, and we are looking for the right tenant to be our downstairs neighbor! Go to 925Larkin.com for more details.