SAN FRANCISCO, CA - This new office space for a structural engineering firm collects a smorgasbord of structural components (trusses, beams, canopies) to showcase current virtuoso engineering techniques. The stuff of the construction industry wraps and organizes the everyday uses of the studio. Photo courtesy of GFDS Engineers.
GFDS's engineers are surrounded on a daily basis by the visible results of their work: finish materials (structural plywood,honeycomb composites, tensile fabric, steel sheet), spanning members(engineered lumber, steel trusses, cardboard pipes), and details (turnbuckles, flitch plates, epoxy bolts). This not only affords a particularly engaging work environment, but it also provides welcome relief to stereotypes of engineering as a discipline of numerical tables and calculations.