San Francisco, United States of America 1996



PROGRAM: invited master plan competition for new biomedical research campus
CLIENT: Bay Area Life Science Association
    SIZE: 1,600,000 sq ft
STATUS: in design

Our proposal for this UCSF “Campus of the Future” aims at building social and community relations from the scale of student to student, student to faculty, scientist to scientist, and campus population to surrounding community. The design is porous with interconnected meeting places at several scales. Each quadrangle is organized around a distinct landscape. To catalyze orientation and meetings, such campus community programs as cafes, libraries, day care centers, and student services are given heightened definition within the basic unity of the campus quadrangles. The plan is made up of two basic building types with numerous variations. The main spaces of the campus are formed with silent mass structures set at a Datum of 85’. These massive structures are of regulated material and color to form the basic spatial fabric. The second type, public pavilion structures, are of variety and light weight expressions, adding a dynamic life to the overall campus space-forming buildings. With the interaction of these two basic architectures, architectural unity is provided with flexibility and balanced with free expression.


  • architect
    • – Steven Holl Architects
    • Steven Holl ( design architect )
    • Martin Cox ( project architect )
    • Pablo Castro-Estevez, Annette Goderbauer, Katharina Hahnle (project team)
  • landscape architect
    • – Hargreaves Associates