IwamotoScott’s Cellular Origami transforms SF’s 3rd Street Garage

Whilst some might believe that garage style and design is pertinent only for showy auto collectors and entrepreneurs of detached single-family members properties, the actuality is that numerous garages are multistory parking buildings in dense metropolitan areas the place car use is significant. Of four finalists, San Francisco–based company IwamotoScott gained the layout level of competition hosted by College of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to rework the 3rd Avenue Garage facade. The constructing sits across from the swirling, white Chase Center and Uber’s headquarters, a site primed for higher site visitors from touring pedestrians, Golden Point out Warriors fans, and nearby commuters. The garage’s preceding channel glass facade was taken out in 2015, leaving the making barren with worn and uncovered concrete, and the school preferred a new facade to enhance the garage’s energetic community and amplify the school’s scientific manufacturer. IwamotoScott’s layout, referred to as Cellular Origami, sought to bring a much better identification to UCSF’s campus edge and make a dialogue with the new architecture throughout 3rd avenue.

  • Facade

  • Architect
  • Structural Engineer
  • Facade Consultant
    Tipping Structural Engineers
  • Design Manager
    Plant Building
  • Locale
    San Francisco
  • Date of

    January 2020
  • Technique
    Twisting anodized steel fins

Cellular Origami usually takes its identify from the revolutionary DNA editing research remaining carried out at UCSF. IwamotoScott’s design takes inspiration from the spiraling form of DNA strands, here reworked, flattened, and refolded to type an array of white, anodized metal panels. The panels generate a pattern of varyingly angled ‘petals,’ which replicate sunlight during the day.

“Each vertical strand of ‘petals’ will be fabricated making use of substantial aluminum panels that will have an elegant silvery white finish,” described Don Rudy, deputy campus architect at UCSF. “Designed to give visual fascination that reinforces the UCSF model and campus edge, [the facade] will replicate the light and colors encompassing the garage, which include the nighttime functions predicted from the Chase Heart.”


Diagram of panel formations
Depth drawing of the bending angles and the panel sorts for the garage facade (Courtesy IwamotoScott)

The white, twisting fins are categorized into four teams with distinct established angles, in the end primary to 30 diverse shapes. The fins were made and put in by Acosta and are hung from a structural program.  The group collaborated with engineers at Hohbach-Lewin and the facade expert, Tipping Structural Engineers.

Photo of a person working on metal panels
Fabrication screening of the anodized steel fins, which have been created and set up by Acosta (Courtesy IwamotoScott)

“The new style intends to promote the curiosity of passersby, and, correspondingly, amplify UCSF’s brand name,” said Clare Shinnerl, senior affiliate vice chancellor, UCSF Campus Lifetime Expert services. “The layout is also intended to boost wayfinding and the parking encounter on campus.”