San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California. It is widely known for its political communities and diverse culture. The city is also known for its hilly terrain, scenic beauty and world class fine dining restaurants.
One of the best things about this city is that it has great weather compared to most places around the world. It’s usually cooler in San Francisco than just outside of the city and because of this it makes it very comfortable to live here all year round or to even plan a vacation. Do note though that there are all-of-a-sudden weather changes to be expected where fog takes over and cools down the city!
Here is a city where contemporary art and culture collide. Though ‘big’ in terms of attractions and amenities, it is geographically small – only 49 square miles. This makes it very easy to see and indulge in various activities in a short period of time. A cosmopolitan community offers the benefits of a mélange of cultural experiences.
Living in an art gallery may seem far-fetched. But, a hotel designed with an arty view could offer just that! With rooms showcasing the contemporary works of emerging artists from around the world, the Hotel Des Arts is located in the heart of San Francisco’s French Quarter.
At the center of San Francisco’s charm and culture, this space provides an environment in which people can experience art in a new and more immediate way.
It’s just like staying in a gallery. It offers 51 guest rooms where one can find imaginative installations and edgy graffiti inspired works of art. Every room is unique. To date, the world’s top emerging artists have painted several rooms with full artistic control.
The hallways are also decorated with amazing works of arts from many local and international artists. Moreover, these pieces of art are often for sale which means that it is not simply art as decoration, but art as an interactive experience. The design is complemented by neutral simplicity, modern lightings and clean lines of the furnishings.
Located in the French Quarter, the Hotel des Arts is at the crossroads of Union Square, the Financial District and the Chinatown Gate; perfectly situated for business or pleasure.
Ode To The Skies
The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest building in the San Francisco skyline. It used to house the headquarters of Transamerica Corporation. The Transamerica Pyramid is located at 600 Montgomery Street in the heart of one of the most storied sections of San Francisco.
Constructed in 1972 and designed by architect William Pereira, the Transamerica building boasts 48 stories of retail and office space. The radical approach to its design makes it very popular. Just as a tall tree still allows light to penetrate down, the structure is designed to allow light to stream in to the lower levels, rather than block it.
The building’s façade is covered in crushed quartz, giving the building its light colour. It is a distinctive structure revered by San Franciscans and recognised internationally.
History Meets Music
‘1300 On Fillmore’ is clearly one of the best designed restaurants in the city. The address is same as its name, which makes it an easy find as well. It is located in a historic part of the city where famous musicians, such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, flocked to during the height of the jazz era.
McCartan, a New York design firm, designed the space after the area’s history, giving it a luxurious and sophisticated lounge feel with its high ceilings and use of dark wood.
The décor pays tribute to the Jazz Era of San Francisco’s Fillmore Street and yet encapsulates the city’s current urban vibe. The timeless jazz-style lounge in one side of the restaurant has 1950s style leather furniture stands and backlit black and white photos of jazz and blue legends.
The dining area is more modern. Custom furniture and light fixtures, warm wood and plush leather couches give the dining room the same relaxed but luxe vibe as the lounge and bar. The decor successfully fuses the past, present, and future and is a must-see for music lovers.
The Bridge That Was Ultimately Built
When the Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937 it was the world’s longest and tallest suspension bridge. It still manages to impress even the most experienced travellers with its stunning 1.7-mile span. The bridge, which was designed by engineer Joseph Strauss, was an architectural marvel at the time when it was built. The dimensions of the bridge defied all imaagination, but with grit and determination it was completed.
The elegant Art Deco design of the two huge towers of the bridge as well as the eye catching orange-red color of the bridge also helped its popularity. What is also appealing in its construction is the magnificent backdrop against which it was made. It is a spectacular sight which can be seen from many areas around San Francisco. The “bridge that just cannot be built” has clearly proved all its critics wrong!
Text By Dhanishta Shah