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Martinkovic Milford Architects,
San Francisco Office

How does an architecture firm design for themselves? The same as we do for our clients: Use thoughtful design to solve problems and elevate the brand, while maintaining a healthy respect for the project budget and schedule.

ContextA growing architecture firm with a limited budget in a downtown San Francisco high-rise building.
RequirementsA functional and engaging space intended to spark creativity, delight clients and project our design philosophy.
ChallengesAn unusually shaped suite comprised of three distinct spaces, beginning with a narrow entry and growing progressively wider.
1K+ Wood shims on art wall
  • Financial District, San Francisco
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Office
  • 4,000 s.f.

OUR SOLUTIONS

CREATIVE USE OF SPACE

Counterintuitively, we made the narrow entry even narrower, turning it into a gallery with a magnetic wall to display our work.

A print and storage room is “hidden” behind a custom art wall.

Our angled “shark table” is a popular spot for standing meetings.

In addition to art installations by Erik Otto and Mildred, you can find original works by Brian Barneclo, Paul Madonna, Ruben Rude, Winnie Truong, Stanley Donwood, and Josh Keyes.

THE ART & THE SCIENCE

Overlaid on the functional aspects of the space are installations by local artists which add bursts of life and energy.

Framed and sculptural art add color, vibrancy and texture

The suspended Otto sculpture expresses creativity, kineticism and notions of shelter.

PRAGMATISM AND MODERNISM

Crisply detailed marine-grade plywood and blackened steel comprise our workstations, custom created for 1/3 the cost of a typical workstation.

Ceilings are left open to create a studio-like environment.

THE RESULT

We created a contemporary and creative studio environment in a downtown San Francisco high-rise that reflects our ethos of modern yet approachable design, while providing our team with a lively home to service our clients.

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TYPE: Commercial, New Concept Restaurant/Cafe
LOCATION: SoMa, San Francisco
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TYPE: Retail
LOCATION: Oakland, California
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