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Butler Armsden Office

After vacating our office on California Street in Lower Pacific Heights in the fall of 2014, we moved into a more spacious office at 1420 Sutter Street just in time to celebrate our thirtieth year in business. With plenty of room to house our staff of twenty-five and a Polk Gulch location that’s comfortably accessible to our clients in the city, Marin, and the Peninsula alike, the new office’s layout retains the open studio environment of our former space while adding new breakout rooms that allow our team to meet, both formally and casually, away from the bustle of the main office. A system of folding glass doors allows the conference room to be used in a closed position for meetings and an open position for social events, its transparent flexibility a metaphor for the office’s collaborative and deeply generative approach to design. A large, light-filled kitchen provides a place for rest, replenishment, and casual conversation, its orange furniture and tiled wall giving the eye a place to land. Near the front of the office, the materials library’s generous spaciousness transforms it from a dedicated reference space into a place to be immersed in the very details of our work.

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Special Feature

A spirited office competition produced three different approaches to the design and ultimately, aspects of all three were incorporated into the final solution.


4000 sq ft


San Francisco, CA


Patrik Argast

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