Hines Redo of San Francisco Tower

SAN FRANCISCO –  (Realty News Report) – Hines, the global real estate investment, development, and property manager, announced the completion of the renovation of 101 California, the 48-story, 1.2 million-SF office tower in San Francisco’s Financial District.

The granite and glass tower is considered one the greatest works of the late Philip Johnson, the architect who designed the transformative Pennzoil Place for Hines in downtown Houston in the 1970s.

At the San Francisco tower, the improvements include a re-envisioned outdoor plaza, lobbies, and new tenant amenities that create a more engaging, human-scale experience.

In collaboration with landscape architecture firm OJB (formerly known as the Office of James Burnett), the plaza redesign has created a greener and more open presence along the adjacent streets, while providing new opportunities for gathering throughout. The plaza features a retail pavilion and a new restaurant exterior along the annex promenade, including a canopy with built-in heaters, a glass-enclosed dining room, and permanent planters along the patio.

With more generous street frontage and an assemblage of native planting, the boundary between the building and landscape is softened, providing variety and texture throughout all seasons. The new interior lobbies and the outdoor plaza provide a flexible canvas for a wide variety of events.

The exterior plaza at 101 California bears some resemblance to the recently redone plaza at Houston’s JPMorgan Chase & Co. Tower, a 75-story skyscraper that is the tallest building in Texas.

The iconic building’s lobby spaces have been transformed into a hotel-like experience including concierge stations, new seating areas, and “The Clubhouse,” a new addition that features a cafe and lounge situated in the southeast corner of the ground floor. Above the cafe, a tenant-only space allows for casual work, small team meetings, or festive gatherings, while offering views from a cantilevered skybox projecting into the seven-story main lobby atrium.

The transformation of lobby spaces and integration of new amenities, led by architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, include modernized finishes with Platinum Pearl granite flooring and stainless-steel cladding that amplifies the natural light brought in through the iconic sloped glass atrium.

“The reimagining of 101 California’s plaza and lobbies through visionary design and introduction of new onsite amenities creates a workplace experience that draws our tenants’ employees to the office,” said George Clever, senior managing director and city head of the San Francisco office of Hines. “Our mission with the plaza redesign was to reenergize this iconic community space for tenants and visitors alike and create a more open and human-scale experience where people can gather and connect.”

“The transformation of this property to establish a more human-scale environment, from an activated arrival experience to thoughtful material detailing, brings renewed vibrancy to a renowned downtown San Francisco location,” said Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Principal architect Gregory Mottola.

Hines, founded in Houston by Mr. Gerald D. Hines in 1957, now operates in 30 countries. The company manages $96 billion in assets across residential, logistics, retail, office, and mixed-use strategies.

Headquartered in the Texas Tower in downtown Houston, Hines manages 685 properties totaling nearly 216 million SF globally.

Oct. 7,  2023 Realty News Report Copyright 2023

Image: Courtesy Hines


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