Common Ground 3, SF

Location: Philz Coffee, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California
Client: SF Planning Department, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Dates: October 6, 2016 – October 8, 2017
Team: D. Ouyang, B. Carilli, B.Song, H. Hu, J. Hwang, A. Poler, C. Urbancsik, J. Jones, C. Simone, M. Byun, A. Genecov, A. Eamsherangkoon
Type: Public, Urban

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“But I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.” – Andy Warhol

After the success of our first and second Common Ground installations in 2015, the Market Street Prototyping Festival invited us back as an incubator prototype which would debut at the 2016 Festival (October 6-8, 2016) and remain on Market for 2 years.

For this project, we sought out a community steward and were fortunate to team up with Philz Coffee, which already had an existing outdoor seating area outside their Hyatt location. We suggested adding a Common Ground installation to their street frontage and they agreed.

The design uses the same “two to tango” concept and creates a warm, social nook along Market Street that invites coffee drinkers and the public to sit, play, and engage with one another. The features are now wiggling fountains enclosed within plexiglass domes (inspired by Ned Kahn’s Fountain of Instability at the Exploratorium) and can be swapped out over the two-year period for new features.