Bay Book House

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BaBH - 1107
Laney College / us United States
1 members
Daria Nikolaeva

The Bay Area Book House building (BaBH) in San Francisco embodies the contemporary vision of architecture. Dedication to the local community, education, and sustainability are the most important values of the Bay Area and are the foundational principles on which the project stands. This part of San Francisco lacks green spaces and the author proposes to create landscapes that incorporate green organically shaped roofs over the functional components of the building.

As an inspiration, the author used the brain neuronal structures that unite the parts in a complete system. In particular, the project’s structure is composed of five functional volumes connected by exterior and interior bridges at different levels that the buildings can operate either together or separately. A network of outdoor access ramps, staircases and passages envelops the building from the outside and creates the three-dimensional system of accommodative access points for conveyances such as strollers, wheelchairs, and Segways.

Access to BaBH is by two paths: from the South by Brannan Street extension and from the North -- by a new pedestrian bridge that extends from Embarcadero and unites downtown San Francisco with the BaBH complex. The meeting point of the two axes creates a picturesque square that serves as the main entry point. The square is defined by the building facing Bay Bridge restaurant on one side and the bookstore on the other.

The heart of the main building is the Forum: a space for communication, lectures, and discussions. One side is occupied by an indoor theater in a half-circle arc that is completed by the outside amphitheater. The separating wall may be opened to unite the two spaces for a large event.

The library space, intersected by access ramps, is oriented toward the East towards the Bay, creating viewpoints where one can enjoy the panoramas of the Bay Bridge, rolling hills of the East Bay and the city skyline. The southern building has auditoriums for smaller gatherings, classes, and other specific purposes. The northern building contains a media center with a large outdoor space looking towards the Bay Bridge.

The building’s green roof requires a separate description. Instead of simple grass lawns with large water consumption, local and other plants resistant to drought will be used. Since San Francisco is undoubtedly a restaurant capital of the U.S., and her inhabitants value so much edible herbs, vegetables, and fruits, a garden filled with edible plants will be established on the roof of the restaurant. This garden will have an educational value as it can serve as a place to stage programs for both children and adults who want to find roots in plant cultivation.

Lastly, a green park using artificial landscaping that covers multilevel parking will connect BaBH with the Embarcadero. Net Zero energy philosophy including passive solar design, rainwater collection, solar panels and other details will create an environmentally friendly building. Organic concepts of BaBH is a reconsideration of urban architectural design and the relationships between a functional enclosure in the city, nature, and humankind.

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