The Headlands Center for the Arts, located due north of San Francisco in Fort Barry (part of the Golden Gate National Recreation area), is in the midsts of reimagining one of their historic buildings, a gymnasium built in 1908. The structure is currently used for special events and as studios for visiting artists, but the Center envisions a community-oriented space that fosters active imagination and aesthetic appreciation. The project, called "Open to the Elements," has no shortage of challenges, namely balancing historic preservation and an environmentally-sensitive site. To spearhead the ideas phase, Headlands contacted Rotterdam-based design group Observatorium, whose work embraces the intersection of urban design, architecture, and art.
June 3, 2011