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An Ode to Contemporary in SoMa: "Glass Can Have Class"

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The architects convention is in town, and John King is on fire. Today brings us a list of the top 10 buildings in the district that's "no longer the other side of the tracks." With a nod to the easy truth that SoMa's home to a ton of contemporary design, the list is pretty heavy on new buildings, some which have opened only in the last couple years (or haven't even opened yet). No. 1: the Federal Building on Mission. New and newer: Daniel Libeskind's Contemporary Jewish Museum, Arquitectonica and Heller Manus's Infinity, the soon to open SPUR Urban Center by Pfau Long. One old building: The Montgomery, which was condo-retrofitted. And our favorite line, as King describes the Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed 560 Mission St: "Yes, glass can have class." Rhymey!
· SoMa no longer the other side of the tracks [SF Gate]

Federal Office Building (50 UNP)

90 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Infinity

301 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Visit Website

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103