This public parklet was Studio BBA's second contribution to San Francisco's Pavement to Parks Initiative. Located outside Four Barrel Coffee’s flagship café and roaster, which we completed in 2008, we approached the design as an extension of the café’s handmade spirit.
The structure is outfitted with one of San Francisco's first public vertical bike racks and integrates character-rich materials, including the redwood butcher block bar. A brick paver platform provides elevation from the street level, and a rusted steel trellis with climbing vines greens the space. The entire structure is made to evolve over time, with materials and climate-appropriate plants that embrace weathering and growth.
It was a pleasure to have another opportunity to collaborate with Four Barrel, who hosted the parklet, and we enjoyed working closely with the San Francisco Department of Public Works, SF Municipal Transportation Agency, and the SF Planning Department. The project team benefitted greatly from a team of immensely talented craftsmen, led by Dave McMorran, welder Dave H. and woodworker Alex Palecko.