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Design Dictum: Heller Manus on The Hayes

Will The Hayes, at 55 Page Street between Franklin and Gough Streets, define the future of Hayes Valley? Architect Jeffrey Heller (of Heller Manus Architects) believes that it just might. "The Hayes," said Heller in a recent statement, "is close to Market Street and an area where you are on the edge of interesting neighborhood stuff." "Interesting neighborhood stuff"? To say the least! We do appreciate Heller Manus's respect for certain historical aspects of the building though, such as the arched windows and the former horse stable that extends to Page and Rose Streets. (We did mention before that the place was once a stable, right?) "We made a conscious decision to make the building's footprint pattern off-center H, and to preserve the facade, which helped us with the whole scale and character element of the neighborhood," Heller says. While potential buyers are most likely to consider the units (and their prices) first and foremost, these other aesthetic and spatial aspects of its design— scale, height, use of light— shouldn't be underestimated. They are, after all, what ultimately distinguishes The Hayes from some of the other fresh-from-the-factory condo projects around the city.
· The Hayes Emphasizes Design [StreetInsider]
· The Hayes [official site]
· Heller Manus Architects [website]
· Curbed Inside: The Hayes