Curbed San Francisco ( View Original )

650 California Street

Last summer, Tishman Speyer began renovating their Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed tower at 650 California Street to attract the tech crowd. Upgrades were made to the building’s elevator banks, the skyscraper was given a fresh coat of white paint, and the tower’s lobby went from dark and drab to open and clean-lined. The largest component of the project, the lobby’s redesign, was led by architecture and design firm Moed de Armas & Shannon. Travertine from the old lobby was preserved to “maintain the pureness of the initial design”, while the rest of the podium was re-clad with natural stone. The most noticeable change is the new glass enclosure that opens the lobby to the street, and creates a more welcoming entry point to the tower. One thing is for sure, the final product radically alters 650 California’s presence at street level. Here now, photographic evidence of the upgrades.