San Francisco’s Chinatown is the bustling, vibrant center of Chinese American culture in San Francisco; the challenge for our studio was to infuse the interior design of the historic Chinatown YMCA’s expanded facility with this vibrant and energetic spirit. Our studio worked in close collaboration within the context of a larger project team and the YMCA’s leadership to provide a distinctive identity for the interior design of the project, centered on providing a strong design concept focusing on the colors, patterns, and textural variations strongly represented throughout the neighborhood. While engaged with the interior design for the project, our studio was also commissioned to design the renovation of the historic gymnasium, a commercial demonstration kitchen, the main building lobby and all office spaces. In addition, our studio collaborated with the YMCA and Precita Eyes to help create a community mural in the Natatorium.
Photo credit: Puliatti Photographic