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Stunning Views of SoMa

Stunning Views of SoMa

The South of Market (SoMa) district in San Francisco is a vibrant cultural hub consisting of numerous museums, upscale hotels, restaurants, the Moscone Convention Center, and many major technology companies. Originally an industrial zone of the city, SoMa is now a thriving area for new mixed-use building complexes that strive to offer the optimal balance of modern amenities and outdoor spaces. One new building at 345 4th Street offers over 50,000 square feet of office space, ample outdoor space, and a fantastic rooftop terrace designed to enhance the striking views of the San Francisco skyline. 

Stanton Architecture collaborated with JETT Landscape Architecture + Design, who exalted the rooftop design by wrapping the amenity space with custom planters, some stand-alone, some integrated with custom benches and seating, and included a custom fire feature. As part of the design, they wanted to present a dry garden palette of plantings, with some medium-sized specimens needing a deeper soil profile. 

JETT specified Tournesol for our product customization, engineering, and production capabilities. Jesse Markman, a Landscape Architect with JETT, worked closely with our Team on shop drawings for Kitsap Modular Metal Planter Walls. Stoer Construction installed our Kitsap planter walls which are comprised of modular steel metal that bolt together, allowing a vast range of planter options to sculpt space. They chose to finish the Kitsap walls in powder-coated steel in one of our popular colors Pitch. Custom benches were designed per the space and finished with Thermally Modified Boulevard wood; also two square Boulevard Wood Planters were added to annunciate the dry garden plants.

Jesse stated, “we decided to have a ‘[fail safe]’ piece to accommodate the small adjustments to the layout (with other module pieces being consistent for ease of fabrication). This worked out to be the great solution…critical to it all coming together.” Jesse also shared detailed information about the dry garden plantings, “Specimen Dracaena draco (dragon trees) were sourced from Southern California to complete the dry garden aesthetic. These are famous for the red resin they produce known as Dragon’s Blood, used since ancient times as varnish (Stratovarius Violins), incense, medicine, and dyes.” 

This rooftop amenity deck hails stunning views of the city of San Francisco and a uniquely designed community gathering place for the employees at the companies in this new office space. 

Have an upcoming amenity deck project? Reach out to Catherine, one of Our Advisors, and we can share more information about how we partner for success!