With the recent removal of 100 Van Ness’s old concrete facade, we strolled through the Civic Center district last week to check out the progress on NREA Development Service’s residential property. With the 40 year old skin now stripped away, the naked frame of the Brutalist styled building lay exposed and covered by only a wispy thin black tarp. Having changed property hands several times in the recent past, the new owners have hired the architect firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz to re-imagine the 400 ft. office building into a residency that represents a more modern, less fortified philosophy.
Initial architecture renderings of the upcoming 400 unit building showed an emerald green jewel-like structure. After alterations made through the planning approval process, the newly hung panels are representing a more conventional glassy facade with solid colored elements sprinkled throughout. Despite being toned down, the new glass skin is a sharp departure from the blockish concrete walls they replaced. The new facade covers six of the building’s 29 floors. Judging by the rate of progress and barring any hurdles, the structure should be fully wrapped this year with NREA ( and co-developer Emerald Fund) expecting project completion in 2015.