525 B STREET BUILDING
San Diego, California
Tishman Speyer / RTKL
The renovation of the 22-story 525 B Street Tower is complete. The renovation was designed and developed by Mark Krukiel in collaboration with RTKL Los Angeles. The project is located in San Diego's prime commercial district and comprises 400,000 square feet of floor area. The renovated project is the recipient of numerous design awards including "Building of the Year" and is reproduced in architectural and real estate journals. The grandeur of the renovated Tishman Speyer 525 B Street Tower is expressed in its striking finishes of French limestone, Indian and Arabian granite, African mahogany and stainless steel. Subtle dimensional changes in the granite and limestone jointing patterns produce a rich texture in the monochromatic fields of stone. In addition, eight-foot stainless steel light sconces are introduced at the granite clad column bases. The sconce design is repeated at the office and retail arcades, elevator cabs and building cornice.
The relocation of Union Bank, the major tenant of the 1962 San Diego Tower, allowed the owners and design team, under the direction of Mark Krukiel, to modernize the building's outdated profile. An almost subliminal color palette was utilized to create an "apparition" of the classically proportioned high-rise office tower. This effect offers an additional layer of detail that was not inherent in the original tower. In addition, a classical cornice strengthens the design and provides a distinct profile on the skyline. The original lobby was re-proportioned and re-clad in French limestone incorporating polished granite and stainless steel accents. Australian Pilkington glass replaced the original lobby glazing system in order to present the revitalized interior to the street.
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