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RESTAURANTS & RETAIL
PROFILE RELEVANT PROJECTS ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
PROFILE WE DO WHO WE ARE, WHAT
Being a partner in meeting your project goals is who we are. Distilling client needs and requirements into functional, sustainable, aesthetically pleasing and cost appropriate architecture and design is what we do.
FME Architecture + Design is a mid-sized, 30 year old San Francisco-based architecture and interior design firm. We work in small teams on virtually any type project with a staff well versed in designing new buildings, rehabilitating existing buildings and providing architectural and design services for a wide range of clients. We advocate that the upfront investment in quality design services assures the project’s intended goals are safeguarded, allowing us (as a team) to deliver costeffective use of your budget. This ensures that the cost of design is relevant to your goals and in line with the realities of the project.
COST + QUALITY = VALUE
“I highly recommend working with FME Architecture + Design. For over 16 years we worked together on Sephora’s office and retail projects. Additionally, FME completed ten complex retail stores in cities around the United States as well as two airport locations. They worked closely with Sephora’s in-house design group throughout these projects. By communicating clearly and paying attention to details, they helped ensure our programmatic requirements were successfully incorporated into a variety of building types – everything from historic landmarks to suburban malls.” Gayle Sherman Former Senior VP of Property Development Sephora
WINE CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO,
FME provided space planning and interior design of an 1,875 square foot independently operated wine bar and specialty retail shop located on the ground level of Embarcadero Center Two.
ABSINTHE RESTAURANT SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
As eclectic design, based loosely upon French Art Nouveau architecture, is the home for Absinthe, a Hayes Valley bistro located in San Francisco’s Civic Center district. The upscale eatery features a beautifully crafted entry area and showcase bar that leads guests into the main dining room. Booth style seating and private niches are created to give both privacy and maximize seating capacity. Experience of Principal Rick Strauss while at Strauss Architects.
SEPHORA TIMES SQUARE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
One of three stores FME completed in New York, the Times Square store occupies a prime site on Broadway next to ABC Studios and is one of the busiest stores within the Sephora chain. It has a main sales floor as well as a lower level with back of house/storage/staff functions and elevator access.
SEPHORA SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Since the 10,000 square foot flagship store building previously housed a banking hall on the second floor and mixed retail on the first floor, the new challenge was to knit together the two disparate floors into a coherent whole. To this end, FME expanded the opening adjacent to the escalator and above introducing a glass bridge at the front of the store. “I highly recommend working with FME Architecture + Design. For over 16 years we worked together on Sephora’s office and retail projects. Additionally, FME completed ten complex retail stores in cities around the United States as well as two airport locations. They worked closely with Sephora’s in-house design group throughout these projects. By communicating clearly and paying attention to details, they helped ensure our programmatic requirements were successfully incorporated into a variety of building types – everything from historic landmarks to suburban malls.” Gayle Sherman Former Senior VP of Property Development Sephora
SEPHORA SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
FME completed two Sephora stores within the new San Francisco Airport International Terminal. We also served as Architect of Record for all the retail spaces within the International Terminal.
WILKES CALIFORNIA BASHFORD SAN FRANCISCO,
The original floor plan, a very narrow dark space with a centrally located stairwell and elevator, only allowed for limited merchandise use. The challenge to open the 4,000 square foot space and make it lighter was achieved with light-colored wood finishes (figured maple) on casework, extensive use of mirrors with custom-designed silverleaf frames and, most importantly, an elaborate lighting system.
WILKES BASHFORD CARMEL, CALIFORNIA
FME designed a new 9,000 square foot, two level store. The interiors feature refined lines of natural materials consisting of warm beige porcelain tile at the entry with a textured carpet throughout, high ceilings and lighting that showcases merchandise. Down and wall washing/ cove lighting was used throughout, as were mirrors as an element of design to expand space and create vistas.
WILKES BASHFORD STANFORD, CALIFORNIA
FME designed a 10,000 square foot store in a new stand-alone building located at the Stanford Shopping Center. The large floor plan integrates in-store boutiques for high-end fashion lines. A multi-layered lighting system includes custom-designed illuminated columns. Display walls along the windows have been lowered to create a clerestory effect and increase the amount of natural light.
979 BROADWAY MILLBRAE, CALIFORNIA
FME rehabilitated an existing 75,000 square foot office building back to its original use as a retail center. We designed large ground level openings, reconfigured and upgraded the common areas, and setback a new retail storefront to create a pedestrian arcade. Work included increasing the total parking count on the site by 50%. Additional visual improvements included sheathing and coating the three prominent building elevations in a bright palette of colors.
SHOPS AT YERBA BUENA SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
FME converted 26,000 square feet of street level parking garage space to retail storefronts. The long solid line of the façade facing a narrow strip of sidewalk made the former structure uninviting. Now a succession of curved glass walls creates multiple public spaces. Customdesigned lighting and a trellis emphasize the new facade’s structure.
PRESIDIO SPORT & MEDICINE SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
To meet the needs of a growing sports medicine center, FME worked with Presidio Sport & Medicine on an 8,000 square foot interior improvement project constructed in two phases in a portion of the historic Gorgas medical warehouses. The character of the historic structure was preserved by keeping the space plan as open as practical and by creating modern and flexible partition systems that take advantage of the vertical interior space. Additionally, all new partitions were constructed independent of the existing timber structure. This resulted in an energetic environment that relates well to the historic National Park setting.
“The minute you walk in the door, the atmosphere at Presidio Sport & Medicine seems to encourage the healing of body and mind. Sunlight streams through windows and skylights. A fresh breeze blows in off the bay. Structural elements of the historic former warehouse complement modern and comfortable spaces where patients undertake the work of recovery.” The Presidio Trust Annual Report
BRITEX FABRICS SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
This project entailed a seismic upgrade and interior improvements to a 14,000 square foot historic unreinforced masonry building. The added structural steel frames at the four retail levels were concealed by new pilasters; these segment the long, narrow floor plates and work to visually reduce the apparent length of the space. The interior design of such elements as the cash wrap, entrances, stair and millwork were all designed with the store’s history and tradition in mind.
EMBARCADERO CENTER SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
FME provides ongoing strategic support for the Boston Properties leasing and construction management teams during turn over of all retail spaces in the Embarcadero Center.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE SELECTED RETAIL PROJECTS
SHOPS AT YERBA BUENA
The Athlete’s Foot,Various. Prototype development for national retail store chain; implementation in 27 stores at various US locations Bar Method, Embarcadero Center – San Francisco, CA. Space planning and interior design of a 3,640 square foot fitness facility DFS Master Concession Plan at the San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA. 30 duty-paid and dutyfree retail and restaurant concessions; approximately 54,000 square feet Dover Square, Fairfield, CA. Planning and design of a commercial retail neighborhood center with a 50,000 square foot market and 54,000 square feet of retail stores Gateway Square, Hacienda Business Park – Pleasanton CA. Planning and design of 103,644 square foot commercial retail center located on a 9.8-acre site Hacienda Plaza, Hacienda Business Park – Pleasanton, CA. Mixed use 81,000 square foot office and retail project with Spanish style clock tower located at the intersection of Stoneridge and Gibraltar Drive Hacienda Motors Ltd., Hacienda Business Park – Pleasanton, CA. Mercedes-Benz dealership near the 580/680 freeway interchange featuring a 28,000 square foot showroom and sales area, including 12 service bays, executive offices and parking Head Sportswear, San Francisco, CA. Joint venture with Any Mountain and Head to develop strong identity for Head Company; a special active-wear mannequin was developed for window display The Hound, San Francisco and San Jose, CA. Retail men’s wear stores; original store and branch for traditional men’s wear, shoes and accessories
Lora Piana, San Francisco, CA. Architects of record for Union Square Italian boutique Marcus Fine Furs & Fashion, San Jose, CA. Space planning and interior design of a 4,000 square foot women’s store located in Valley Fair Shopping Center Montclair Retail Renovation, Oakland, CA. Remodel of an existing 20,000 square foot retail project in Montclair Village Smith & Hawken, Palo Alto, CA. Premier mail order garden tool company’s California retail outlet of 1,600 square feet located at Stanford Shopping Mall Spargo, Embarcadero Center – San Francisco, CA. Space planning and interior design of a 2,480 square foot full service men’s salon located on the second level of Embarcadero Center One Tennis Shack, San Francisco, CA. 1,000 square foot tennis and clothing store; services included pre-lease consulting and graphic identity program Walter Chase, San Francisco, CA. 4,000 square foot prototypical retail shoe store and offices; special free standing display/storage elements were developed for the store and for projected boutiques within department stores WINE, Embarcadero Center – San Francisco, CA. Space planning and interior design of an 1,875 square foot independently operated wine bar and specialty retail shop located on the ground level of Embarcadero Center Two 3640 and 3650 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA. Restoration of three story, 20,000 square foot brick building into mixed use, including retail, office and housing
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