St. Regis Hotel and Residences

The St. Regis Hotel and Residences is located on a prominent corner in the burgeoning Yerba Buena Arts District, adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The elegantly articulated high-rise accommodates luxury condominiums, a five-star hotel, two restaurants, and a spa. At ground level, it houses the 20,000-square-foot Museum for the African Diaspora.

The building’s precast concrete exterior has deep set windows that cast shifting shadows, dramatically changing the facade’s appearance over the course of the day. The project sensitively addresses the character of its urban setting. The 42-story tower is set back from the street, which allows podium elements to respond to the lower scale of nearby buildings. This configuration also preserves sightlines to downtown and the San Francisco Bay.

As part of the project, SOM renovated and repurposed a Romanesque Revival low-rise structure bordering the site. The historic building now contains the hotel’s offices, fitness center, and food service area.