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    ASHBURY HEIGHTS HOUSE SAN FRANCISCO A single family residence in San Francisco that is under construction. Back to Projects page Client Confidential BBA Team Bonnie Bridges Vishnu Balunsat Samantha Buckley Size 945 SF Contractor Alder Construction Collaborators Interiors: Fix Interiors Photography Studio BBA Back to top


    FARMERS & MERCHANTS BUILDING DTLA LOS ANGELES Studio BBA provided comprehensive architecture and interiors services for this adaptive reuse project—redeveloping the historic, long-abandoned Farmers & Merchants building in downtown LA’s Old Bank District into our client’s vision for a fantastic, new kind of dining emporium. With the building’s character and significance as our muse, we designed artful, structural and strategic interventions that would restore its glory and distinction for modern patrons. Entirely dedicated to the experience of enjoying food and drink, the interior offers a range of refined and casual environments. The main floor is a seamless integration of new and old, featuring the emporium’s flagship bakery and café near its main entry, and a central horseshoe bar with custom deck-mounted lighting gracefully anchoring the open plan. The fine dining restaurant has both communal and intimate seating; serviced in the front-of-house by an open kitchen, meat room and wine storage. A new 1,600 sq. ft. mezzanine borders the triple-height atrium, providing a singular vantage point of the grand volume. The existing second floor was redesigned with a speakeasy feel and flexible use in mind—the corner bar, cool lounge areas and three dining rooms can be used as restaurant overflow or for private events. Above it all, a restored 300-panel, vaulted skylight is engineered with natural and artificial lighting options. The expansive back-of-house is in a connected but separate building, through no small effort to resolve the structural and systems challenges. Nostalgia and authenticity are expressed throughout with well-considered materials and finishes. Historic preservation elements include moldings, pilasters, the mosaic floor, distressed plaster and the original “Verde” marble cladding. Sophisticated new finishes include brass inlaid tile, exposed steel and concrete, custom millwork, black steel, and walnut. Studio BBA specified complete furniture and decorative lighting packages to complete the tactile, rich environment. The primary complexities of rehabilitating this building centered on the need to introduce and integrate completely new systems in a structure where modern systems had never existed (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, circulation, ADA, exits, fire separation). Through rigorous and thoughtful collaboration with expert engineers, consultants, preservationists and city agencies, Studio BBA arrived at a systems approach that worked for all parties. Back to Projects page Client Tartine LA, LLC BBA Team Bonnie Bridges Seth Boor Anand Sheth Size 19,719 SF Contractor Howard CDM Collaborators MEP: Henderson Engineers Structural: John Labib & Associates Acoustic/AV Consultant: FYXX Entertainment, Inc. Lighting: Hiram Banks Lighting Design Photography None Back to top

  • STUDIO | Studio BBA

    We believe in the transformative power of design - to enhance the context of our daily experiences and create fulfilling, meaningful, beautiful spaces. Studio BBA is a dynamic atelier of designers who advocate for architecture that inspires human connection—creating spaces and places from the alchemy of inspiration, site, materials, vision and form. The rich set of conditions, agendas and real-life constraints that come with each project makes this an artful process, as does our belief that a symbiosis between circumstance and desire leads to original and compelling design. ​ The collaborative nature of our studio enhances the design process and nourishes meaningful connections with our clients, project teams and the craftspeople who build our work. We thrive when working with clients who have interesting and demanding programs and a passion for what will happen in their space—providing opportunities to deepen the design language and innovate as we guide each project’s development. ​ We bring vision, skilled management, a value for design excellence and a gift for strong interpersonal connection to our project teams and diverse practice areas, which include restaurants, community spaces, private residences and offices, and a range of services including architecture, interior design and master planning. We believe it is our professional obligation to be environmentally intelligent and responsible, bringing a sustainable perspective and proficiency in energy-efficient building systems to every project. STUDIO BBA TEAM LINKEDIN BONNIE BRIDGES PRINCIPAL | AIA A strategic, clear thinker, perceptive listener and creative dynamo, Bonnie leads Studio BBA with adaptability, energy and fearless optimism. Drawing on deep expertise in the skilled facilitation of decisions and processes, and an intuitive, analytic nature, she guides the studio’s atelier of designers in creating beautiful, enriching, successful spaces and buildings for their clients. ​ Bonnie brings a keen awareness of place and purpose to her work, with an approach to the design process grounded in human experience, logic and thoughtful actions. This humanistic methodology took form during her graduate and doctoral research, which explored the relationship between being and building—through contemporary architectural theory and the study of phenomenology as interpreted and developed by Husserl and Heidegger, Kenneth Frampton, and Juhanni Palassma. ​ Site-specificity and material simplicity are essential aesthetic principles in Bonnie’s work, informed by growing up in California and ten years in the Sonoran Desert. She was profoundly inspired by these landscapes—imprinting within her a fundamental experience of light and space. Actively involved in the civic realm and the greater architectural community, Bonnie is fueled by a deep, longstanding dedication to advancing the profession—through mentoring, teaching, advisory and Board roles. Bonnie founded the firm in 1992, preceded by working for award-winning firms in California and Arizona. EDUCATION ​ Doctor of Design – Architectural Theory, Harvard University GSD Master of Architecture with Honors, The University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Architecture with Honors, University of Arizona COMMUNITY ​ Adjunct Professor, California College of the Arts, Architecture Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design Board of Directors, AIA California Council Board of Directors, AIA San Francisco Alumni Council, Harvard University GSD SAMANTHA BUCKLEY PROJECT ARCHITECT | AIA An architect with a love for tactile design, wrangling cats, and walking dogs, Samantha enriches Studio BBA and everything she touches. ​ Her enthusiasm is contagious and is felt across all aspects of the studio – from daily lunches to project delivery. ​ Adept at deep analysis and strategic design thinking, she balances each project’s circumstances to generate innovative design solutions and efficient delivery. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Academy of Arts in San Francisco. EDUCATION ​ Bachelor of Architecture, Academy of Art University COMMUNITY ​ AIA SF Emerging Professional of the Year, 2019 CREW SF Elevate Rising Rockstar Nominee, 2020, 2021 ArchDaily Freelance Author LINKEDIN ISABEL LYDON ACCOUNTANT AND BOOKKEEPER Isabel began her business career in the not-for-profit realm specializing in cost accounting systems for the development and management of affordable housing in Marin County. As the Business Manager for a major substance abuse treatment and homelessness services provider in San Francisco she acted as a liaison to the board of directors in charge of the financial operations, contract compliance and contract negotiations. Isabel moved into the public sector as Operations Manager for Cronon Design then starting her own business providing Accounting, Strategic Planning and Business Consultation. Isabel is currently the co-owner of Mana’O LLC providing Business Consulting Services. ​ She gets great satisfaction from the personal relationships she has with her clients over the last 20 years. ​ Isabel loves to garden and has a quite successful personal sized orchard with a variety of fruits from Apples to Pomegranates. EDUCATION ​ Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Business Administration, San Francisco State University COMMUNITY ​ Activist for disabled children’s rights CONTACT Connect with us to discuss your project, pitch PR opportunities, inquire about joining our atelier of designers, or to talk shop. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Studio BBA is located in the heart of San Francisco – or as we like to call it, the Center City Design District. Look for our vertical garden and stop in—by design we’ve skipped the formalities and you’ll be welcomed right into the midst of an architecture studio and workshop. 921 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94109 GENERAL INQUIRIES PROJECTS MEDIA/PRESS CAREERS (accepts PDF attachments <5MB) 415-241-7160 Mon - Thurs ​ Alternating Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm​ ​ 9:00am - 5:00pm SNAPSHOTS

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