Ever since Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, people have been lead to think of the architect as a headstrong, independent character, full of ego, opinions and ultimatums
San Francisco (Vocus) November 10, 2010
Winder Gibson and Joel Sander’s Market Street Penthouse collaboration is featured in the November, 2010 issue of Interior Design Magazine. The high-end residential build out of a prestigious San Francisco high rise project was developed for Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube.
Winder Gibson Architects of San Francisco and New York firm Joel Sanders Architects collaborated with the client, and a team of building professionals to create an architectural masterpiece. The 3,000 square foot penthouse with a double height living room on the 24th and 25th floors of a prestigious San Francisco high rise commands spectacular views of downtown San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, and Market Street. The minimalist design with its clean detailing, crisp corners, and smooth surfaces are made warm by incorporating walnut and blue accents.
The penthouse features cutting edge integrated smart home technology so that the heating system, shades over the windows, drop down flat screen televisions, and multiple audio zones can be controlled from an iPhone. Glass between the master bedroom and master bathroom becomes frosted at the push of a button for instant privacy.
“Ever since Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, people have been lead to think of the architect as a headstrong, independent character, full of ego, opinions and ultimatums,” said Geoff Gibson. “While the term architect literally means ‘master builder’, we believe that a master builder does not need to be a dictator, but instead a strong and attentive leader of a strong and capable team.”
The team approach leads Winder Gibson Architects to work with other architects or designers in a collaborative relationship. In this sense, Winder Gibson has become an architect’s architect, respected and trusted by members of the global architectural community. While The Fountainhead tact would suggest this type of collaboration could only end in a battle of egos, the opposite is true. There is an opportunity to share knowledge and experience and check each other’s opinions and design hypotheses for the betterment of the project. That is the key: everyone on the team needs to have their eye on the prize, working together to ensure the best of possibilities.
“Our working relationship with Winder Gibson transcended typical Design/Executive Architect roles: rather than passive background players, both John and Geoff became actively engaged in the process,” said Joel Sanders. “By taking the time to understand and internalize the underlying design concept, they were able to make significant contributions to the executed design.”
The Market Street Penthouse is a shining example of how collaboration can lead to optimal results. New York architect Joel Sanders initiated the design process, but quickly realized he was going to need a San Francisco firm to work with him on construction documents, permits and construction administration. He needed eyes and ears on the ground during construction. This fruitful collaboration pulled together the strengths of the two offices and a healthy relationship with the client to achieve a gorgeous finished product. The partnership continues. They are now working together on another project in New York.
“It was a pleasure to collaborate on this project with New York firm Joel Sanders Architects through design, construction documents, contractor selection and construction administration,” said John Winder. “The client, Steve Chen, was also a pleasure to work with.”
To see the full article, visit: http://www.interiordesign.net/article/532807-Ready_to_Upload.php For more information about the design, materials, or the collaboration process, contact Geoff Gibson or John Winder at Winder Gibson Architects by phone at (415) 318-8634 or visit their website: http://www.archsf.com
ABOUT WINDER GIBSON ARCHITECTS
Winder Gibson specializes in commercial and residential remodeling and architecture in San Francisco and beyond. Both John Winder and Geoff Gibson have worked on a variety of projects, including exterior and interior design for new construction, additions, roof decks, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, and the renovation of historical buildings. Due to their experience and reputation, Winder Gibson’s clients frequently include other design professionals.