AXIS Designed Fillmore Center Plaza In San Francisco Sets Grand Opening

Commercial architecture project, Fillmore Plaza, designed by San Francisco architecture firm AXIS Architecture + Design

A musical and boisterous grand opening is planned tomorrow for the new 16,OOO-sq-ft Fill¬more Center Plaza, located on the cor¬ner of Fillmore and O’Farrell Streets in the Fillmore Historic Jazz District.

San Francisco’s AXIS/GFA Architecture + Design was the architect on the project, Bay Area Concretes Inc. of Livermore served as contractor and the owner is the Laramar Group.

The Laramar Group, which also owns the Fillmore Center, an 1,000-unit apart¬ment complex in 10 buildings, wanted to further develop the region’s resources by remodeling a dilapidated plaza into one that will support musical events, art festi¬vals and farmers markers.

Artist John Atkin (whose “Strange Meeting” sculpture was an award win¬ner in Beijing’s Olympic Park over the summer) contributes the plaza’s crown jewel, a jazz-inspired stainless steel sculpture titled “Hard Bop.”

While the neighborhood has seen its share of ups and downs through the years, recent business openings signal a steady growth.

“This is a vibrant and social neighbor¬hood,” says Steve Boyack, vice president of asset management for The Laramar Group. “As such, community regeneration must begin at the ground level; we envi¬sion this inspiring public space as a center for municipal activity – live music, art, entertainment – and a step towards greater things for the Fillmore District.”

According to AXIS, the design is ideal for public celebration: it’s wired to easily accommodate the audio and visu¬al needs of events; plaza layout provides contiguous seating options for 300-plus people; there are provisions for tempo¬rary screens to curb wind noise and delineate event space; and paramount for day-to-day enjoyment, the plaza incorporates a seamless mixture of low and high-density seating to account for a variety of public uses.

“I believe the spaces between build¬ings are as important as the buildings themselves,” says Terry Lofrano, project designer in charge of design at AXIS. “We studied the movement of people through the original plaza to see how it was utilized. The new plaza is a piece of sculpture unto itself; the articulated forms of the plaza define spaces within spaces to pro¬vide a multitude of meeting and gathering places for the communi¬ty, the residences of the center, and public events that celebrate the Historic Jazz District.”

Funding for the “Hard Bop” sculpture and Fillmore Center Plaza was made possible by the Fillmore Center and the Laramar Group.

The Fillmore Center’s luxury apartments are nestled in a seven and a half acre park-like setting in the center of San Francisco’s historic Fillmore District. Offering stu¬dio, one, two and three bedroom apartments with modem kitchens and baths, DSL access, garage parking, and plenty of natural light, The Fillmore Center boasts quiet, comfortable living just steps away from the sights, sounds and flavors of the city. Additional features are available with select homes, such as fireplaces, washer/dryer, balconies and skyline views. Residents enjoy access to the onsite fitness center, Club One Fitness, featuring a lap pool, cardio and weight machines, free weights, fitness classes, gym¬nasium and racquet sports, steam, sauna, spa, and massage.