Folded Zinc Panels in One Henry Adams, A Multi-Family Residence in Design District, South San Francisco
March 9, 2018
One Henry Adams- Multi-Family Residence in Design District, South San Francisco featuring Folded Zinc Panels
Location: 1 Henry Adams St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Profiles: Custom 1" reveal panels, Morzip
Building a new structure that spans an entire 1.65 acre block in a historical neighborhood like Showplace Square is no easy task. Instead of trying to mimic a 100 year old building, BAR Architects went with a simple design for One Henry Adams, a multi-family residential and retail structure owned by Equity Residential. One Henry Adams features clean lines composed of building materials like zinc, steel, brick, timber, and glass that give the buildings urban character while preserving the historical essence of the surrounding neighborhood. The $164.4M project located in the Design District of South San Francisco opened to residents in November 2016. It consists of two buildings separated by a public walkway with art structures and garden spaces intended to integrate the residents with the neighborhood community.
The architects went with zinc to accent the building and surround the expansive glass windows not only because of its unique texture but also because of its inherent sustainable qualities. Zinc panels are 100% recyclable and has a low environmental impact in production. The panels have a 1.2mm of pre-weathered patina graphite gray coating to make the material durable in the coastal climate of San Francisco while maintaining the natural metal aesthetic. Morin’s A-12 panels with a 1” reveal were installed vertically creating sharp lines that seemingly extend into the sky. The zinc panels flow into crisp folded corners on every edge. Manufacturing panels with folded corners is becoming more popular as it has significant design advantages. Folding the panel corners tightens the panel making the structure more rigid minimizing any sort of pillowing or oil canning. The sharp reveals create the illusion that the building is made with long zinc bricks. These "bricks" appear to be floating next to each other as not a single fastener or piece of trim is visible on the zinc facade. In recognizing the advantages to panels with folded edges, Morin has recently acquired a new roll former capable of producing these panels. With this new technique, the possibilities for design has just multiplied.
The project was a massive success from the design process to the ahead of schedule construction to the award-winning finished product.
- #13 on San Francisco Business Times's "Top San Francisco Residential Construction Projects" list (2016)
- #25 on Engineering News-Record California's "Top Starts in California" (2015)
- #57 on San Francisco Business Times's "75 Largest Construction Projects" list (2015)
Company: Morin - A Kingspan Group Company
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