Woods Bagot architects have covered a residential building in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district with a green wall that climbs five stories.

The residential building is called 2177 Third Street and comprises 114 condos with amenities like a private courtyard, beach access, and a spa – or “spa” – for dogs.

2177 Third Street is in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco

The Dogpatch waterfront was once a hub for the shipbuilding industry and is now home to trendy bars and cafes.

Woods Bagot designed the apartment building to take advantage of California’s mild climate with an outdoor courtyard and individual balconies. Open pedestrian bridges connect different parts of the building and let the breeze through.

Living Wall of 2177 Third StreetThe green wall is five stories high

The living wall, which covers much of the exterior, was created by the local living wall specialist, Habitat Horticulture, and contains 13 species of plants, such as geranium and agapanthus, arranged in a swirling pattern.

“Many of these were chosen to attract local pollinators, and every day you can find honeybees, moths and bumblebees all at the same time,” said David Brenner, founder of Habitat Horticulture.

“Our approach thoroughly examines the microclimate, potential growth rates and lighting levels of the installation space to ensure that an appropriate type is specified for each point on the wall,” he told Dezeen.

Glazed bricks on the first floor of 2177 Third StreetBlue-green glazed bricks come from a local supplier

The green wall at 2177 Third Street is 14.6 meters high and 7.6 meters wide.

TP Bennett retrofits the office building from the 1970s with Manchester’s largest wall unit

Habitat Horticulture does monthly maintenance on the lower part of the wall. A swing stage is used twice a year to maintain the upper parts and replace any plants as needed.

Green wall seen from the insideThe green wall is visible inside the building

The wall is visible through floor-to-ceiling glazing that lines the corridors on each level of the building. The green compliments the building’s bronze facade with box-shaped balconies protruding from between the walls of the windows.

“A simple window wall system for the facade integrates custom extruded bronze-colored aluminum profiles that frame the 4.5 meter long facade modules,” Woods Bagot told Dezeen.

“A mixture of framed balconies and metallic fritted glass gives the exterior of the building a dynamic.”

Pedestal bridges of the block of flats in CaliforniaPedestrian bridges overlook the inner courtyard

On the ground floor, the shop windows are framed by glazed, blue-green bricks that come from the Dogpatch region.

There are bronze accents in the lobby that highlight the elevator doors and reception desk.

There are fire pits in a rooftop lounge where residents can gather. The condominiums at 2177 Third Street also have access to a common room, bicycle repair shop, and lounge with a “cook-in kitchen”.

Woods Bagot rooftop fire pits2177 Third Street is crowned by a roof terrace with fire pits

Woods Bagot is a global architecture firm founded in Australia in 1896. The company’s recent US projects include a Manhattan restaurant and the office’s own New York offices.

The photography was kindly provided by Woods Bagot.

Project Loans:

Client: Align real estate
Woods Bagot Architectural Team: Guion Childress and Hannah Cao
Woods Bagot interior team: Katy Mercer and Hannah Cao
Landscape architecture: Marina Design Group and Surface
Structural engineering: Nishkian Menninger
Civil engineer: BKF engineers
Mechanical and electrical engineers: Meyers + engineers
Sanitary engineering: SJ engineers
Living wall: Horticulture habitat
Facade: AGA Design Build
Sustainability advisor: Urban Fabrick