Lumina – Ground Breaking Ceremony

bfb_lumina_groundbreakingArquitectonica Founding Principal Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA, joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other dignitaries on June 28 to break ground for Lumina, a 655-unit luxury condominium. Curved glass facades make up tower geometries, separating to create projecting balconies. The towers bypass one another, clearing views to the bay and the city skyline. Each rises from a sprawling podium rooftop garden. Scalloped street front units emphasize vistas along the axis of streets below.

Lumina is on the block next to Infinity, a 650-unit condominium project designed by Arquitectonica and completed in 2008. Tishman Speyer developed Infinity and has teamed with China Vanke to develop Lumina, the first joint project in North America for the pair of powerhouse firms. Spanning the entire city block at the corner of Folsom Street and Main Street, Lumina’s 38- and 43-story towers are anchored to the site by ground floor retail, below-grade parking, and an open elevated pedestrian plaza. Lumina is one of eight San Francisco major residential projects designed by Arquitectonica.

“My inspiration came from the nautical nature of the City by the Bay,” Fort-Brescia said. “The towers’ shapes are like hulls in a shipyard coming together. The rotating ellipses meet the sky like smokestacks in the horizon. In designing Lumina, I envisioned a similar look and feel to the Infinity but with distinct differences inside and out. Essentially, Lumina is the next generation Infinity.”

To learn more about Lumina @ 201 Folsom Street, San Francisco, view the project here.