David Baker Architects

Frogdesign Studio

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Interior view of entrance.

Interior view of custom door.

View of main floor.

Set in the Soma area of San Francisco, this project is a renovation of an existing warehouse into an office for an international industrial design firm. It serves as a new location for their product development, new media, and web-site design. Due to such varied purposes, the priority was to insure complete visual privacy between the work areas and the conference and meeting areas. The planning process for this design necessitated a complex interweaving of client interaction spaces through and around the workspaces.

As a counterpoint to the orthogonal grid of the existing structure, a number of curved elements were introduced into the building volume. The largest of these forms is the principal conference room on the ground floor. In addition, a large arc of velvet curtain was used at each floor, in lieu of walls, to separate the client meeting spaces from the workstation zones. The owner requested a casual, yet purposeful, approach to the design of the space, and a collection of standard building materials was used to identify the various use areas.

View from second floor conference room.

Corrugated fiberglass is used at the conference room exteriors while recycled fiberboard functions as the wall sheathing for the angular volumes of the support spaces. The building, at 12,200 sf, is two stories high, with an additional large mezzanine located between the ground level and the upper story. Included within this framework are two large spaces designated for computer workstations (projected to reach a total of fifty), a kitchen and dining facility, a recording studio, and three formal conference rooms (along with a number of casual meeting "enclaves"). Construction was completed July 1998.


Best of the Bay Interior Merit Award
San Francisco Chapter, American Institute of Architects

project details


All Projects, Offices, San Francisco


San Francisco, California


frog design


David Baker Architects

General Contractor

Cannon Constructors

Structural Engineer

John Yadegar + Associates


Richard Barnes



project data
Frogdesign, Inc.
420 Bryant Street
San Francisco, California
Completed 1998
density ratios
project sf 12,200
site sf 12,200
acres 0.28