300 Howard
San Francisco, California, USA

This 27-story high-rise office tower responds to the stringent zoning envelope of San Francisco, where setbacks and height restrictions are major determinants of the form. Stepped massing and the use of light-colored granite and pre-cast concrete emphasize the verticality of the tower and reflect the traditional “whiteness” of the city’s older buildings. This building design for Bechtel Investments Realty was the 1991 winner of San Francisco’s “Beauty Contest” annual restriction on development undertaken by the Principals of Architecture International when they were Principals of The Architects Collaborative.