SF Camerawork Gallery
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SF Camerawork Gallery

November 21, 2014
Located in the SOMA district, just one block from the Museum of Modern Art, this gallery and administrative office for a San Francisco based photography and related media gallery is inserted into a second floor tenant space. As a strategy towards achieving the most flexible arrangement within a compact tenant space, galleries and interactive spaces are placed towards the rear of the space thus allowing maximum public exposure and light infiltration for the offices and retail component. In order to pull light from the existing north facing window wall through the offices and into the public spaces, all new walls are held down from the ceiling. These low walls enable a distinct reading between the existing building and the new architectural insertion. Supporting this reading between new and old, standard off the shelf steel components are used to structure interior glass partitions, bookshelves and work stations.

The Gallery, planned essentially as one continuous space, can be configured in a multitude of ways as required for different exhibits. To achieve this, a system of movable walls (hung from the ceiling) has been designed and tailored in relation to the modulation of the existing heavy timber structural bays.pace.

Location / year

San Francisco, CA / 1995

Project Type

Art Space


Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP


Jay Serrao
Kit Gibbs
Casper Mork-Ulnes
Melissa Szpik-Serrao

Project Scope

Renovation or Expansion

Project Manager

Jay Serrao

Square Footage

2,500 GSF

Photographic Credits

Richard Barnes

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