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SoMa's Federal Building Reborn as New Orleans Prefab

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What if San Francisco's newest Federal Building were a small, floating house instead? Well, close enough. You're looking at a prototype for New Orleans: The FLOAT House, a prefab structure designed by Thom Mayne, the same architect as the SoMa Federal Building. It's also the first floating house in the U.S. to be permitted— if the waters shall ever rise again, the house could float up to 12 feet if necessary. That's the key here, because as Mayne says: "There's a lot I don't like about the aesthetic design, but aesthetics are secondary." We assume he at least likes the roof line because, well, you know.

· Mayne Makes a Houseboat [Arch Paper]
· An Ode to Contemporary in SoMa: "Glass Can Have Class" [Curbed SF]
· That Building Hates Us [Curbed SF]

Federal Office Building (50 UNP)

90 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94102