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Inclusive Capital Partners office designed by jones | haydu in collaboration with Evans Design Studio located in the Presidio of San Francisco

Project name:
Inclusive Capital Partners
Architecture firm:
jones | haydu with Evans Design Studio
San Francisco, California, USA
Matthew Millman
Principal architect:
Design team:
Hulett Jones, Design Principal. Amber Evans (EDS), Design Principal. Paul Haydu, Principal. Kate Sistek-Biggers, Designer
Sustainability Consultant: Monterey Energy Group
Built area:
12,167 ft²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
ZFA Structural Engineers
Environmental & MEP:
Mechanical Engineer: Simpson Sheet Metal (Design/Build); Plumbing: Westside Mechanical, Inc.; Electrical: Northern Electric Inc.
Wright Contracting
Tools used:
Acoustic wood paneling: Decoustics Rondolo Wood Planks, American Ash, Quarter Cut. Conference room light: Flos Infra-Structure, designed by Vincent Van Duyse. Weathered steel sculpture: designed by jones | haydu; fabricated by Chambers Art & Design (made with 14 ga. Corten A588, 36 pieces with 31 facets). Conference tables and chairs: Andreu World (Spain). Lounge Furniture: DWR and Rove Concepts. Workstations and offices furniture: Steelcase. Custom credenzas and shelving unit: Woodtech (Oakland)
Commercial Architecture › Office Building

jones | haydu & Evans Design Studio: Inclusive Capital Partners, an environmentally focused investment firm, wished to have an office that reflected their ethos. Located in a historic, former warehouse buildings that was built in 1919 at the North end of the Presidio, the intervention is consciously minimal, amplifying the contrast between the old and the new. The open interiors feature an exposed bow-truss timber structure and columns, eight large skylights, and ample natural light.

Private offices ring the perimeter of the 100-foot-long central spine with floor-to-ceiling glass fronts and wood detailing, carefully sized to express the existing columns of the space. Utilizing these existing tree-like structures and the skylights scattered in the central space, the design creates an open office area that feels like a clearing in a forest. The focal point as you enter is a 15-foot-tall, faceted and weathered steel sculpture, evocative of a split redwood. The sculpture, which reaches up to a skylight, provides visual privacy for the open office beyond while serving as a unifying element of the space and a nod to the company’s identity.

The design celebrates the history of the existing building—structure and finishes were touched as little as possible. No carpeting was used, only a few area rugs top the existing oak floors. Rather than filling the space, new volumes for private offices and conference spaces are held short of the ceiling/roof, having their own self-supported enclosures. Aesthetically, the goal of the design was to compliment the history, but not mimic. As such, there is a clear delineation between the rough existing wood, and the highly tailored new surfaces and interventions. Programmatically, the 12,167-square-foot houses two conference rooms, twelve offices, an open office area with workstations, board room, meditation/wellness room, kitchen/break room, and an office support room. 

By Liliana Alvarez

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