575 Market Street Tower at Market Center

575 Market Street Tower
  1. About the 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center in San Francisco
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectureal style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center is a Postmodernist skyscraper designed by Hertzka & Knowles and built in 1975 in San Francisco, CA.

575 Market Street Tower at Market Center is not the only name you might know this building by though. It is common for companies to want to attach their names to iconic buildings when they move in, or for the general public to come up with nicknames, and this one is no exception. The building has changed names several times over the years, and is also known as:

  • Standard Oil of California Tower between 1975 and 2001.
  • Chevron Tower.

Its precise street address is 575 Market Street, San Francisco, CA. You can also find it on the map here.

Architect and team

Hertzka & Knowles was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design.

Hertzka & Knowles was in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline, which usually involves many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but here is a list of the people we do know also played their part in making the 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center a reality:

  • H.J. Brunnier Associates in charge of Structural Engineering
  • Standard Oil of California as the Main Developer
  • Theodore Osmundson in charge of Landscape Architecture

Architectural Style

The 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center can be categorized as a Postmodernist building.

Postmodernism in architecture emerged in the United States during the late 1960s as a reaction against the starkness of the International Style, which part of the new generation of architects argued was too impersonal, sterile, and disconnected from historical and cultural contexts.

Postmodernism challenged the International Style's austerity by reintroducing historical elements and ornamentation, although this time not as literally as in the Neo-Classic buildings. Instead, they reinterpreted them within the context of modern materials and construction techniques.

Postmodern buildings often feature bold, contrasting colors, unconventional forms, and a playful blend of various architectural elements from different eras and cultures.

In the United States, Postmodernism was not just an aesthetic choice but also a philosophical stance. It represented a democratization of design, where architects sought to create buildings that were accessible and meaningful to a broader range of people, not just designers and intellectuals.

The 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center was completed in 1975. At that time Postmodernism was the prevailing style. Fresh, bold and daring, architects were exploring the freedom of designing without having to follow the strict, sometimes arbitrary rules of a specific architectural movement (which ironically became a movement itself). The 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center was therefore every much in line with what the architecture community, and the people liked and wanted at the time.

Spaces & Uses

The 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center reaches an architectural height of 574ft (175m). It has a total of 40 floors.

The building sits on a 17,933 sqf (1,666m2) piece of land , and offers a total of 487,002 sqf (45,244m2) of usable space.

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 1975, the 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center has mainly been used as Commercial space.

574ft (175m)

Materials & Structure

The 575 Market Street Tower at Market Center uses a frame structure made of steel columns and slabs.

A frame structure uses a combination of beams and columns to sustain the building's weight. The walls in this case are non-load bearing, which allows for more flexibility when distributing the interior spaces.

The facade of the building however, is load bearing. This doesn't imply that it is a traditional load-bearing wall. Rather, it means that the structure's exterior pillars have been pushed to the very edges, becoming integrated with the facade, and therefore, technically, a part of it.

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features a grey marble clad with a repetitive pattern of windows whose volumes slightly protrude from the flat facade.

Sources

  • en.wikipedia.org
  • marketplace.vts.com
  • sfyimby.com