Plans to level the American Buddhist Cultural Society’s office and bookstore building at 1750 Van Ness Avenue are in the works.

And as proposed, a modern new temple designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), with an art gallery, tea house, mediation rooms and shrine hall, will rise up to five stories in height across the Van Ness Corridor site.

In addition, the new 42,000 square foot building would include four classrooms and 27 dormitory rooms, averaging around 250 square feet apiece, for monastics and visiting volunteers from around the world.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by folderpete

    Any estimate on the cost and financing?

  2. Posted by ohmy

    SOM=Support Original Design (Not!)

    • Posted by john downey

      That spells SOD.
      SOM= Slavery on Market (SF Office)
      SOM= Slavery on Michigan (Chicago Office).

      Those well crafted though through buildings dont design the details themselves. Its long hours for the Architects.

      But I would take SOM any day over David Baker or Heller Manus or SCB or Stanley Saitowitz.

      • Posted by ohmy

        hehehe oh my i was thinking that but came up with sod! I agree i would take SOM over Baker/heller/stanley …

  3. Posted by hundo_p

    Nice to see (presumed) tech money funding this sort of project.

  4. Posted by Conifer

    They seem to have left enough space to allow light for the windows of St Luke’s. Thanks be to God!

  5. Posted by 4th Generation SF'er

    Planning commish needs to stop approving these awful designs. I’m for building but this is awful looking.

  6. Posted by Cody

    I remember the church fought the original plan which would have blocked the light to the stained glass windows. Being a historic building the church won the battle. Maybe this plan will work for all concerned.

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