826’s new Tenderloin Center had its grand opening on May 19th. Here is the Chronicles take on the project. Photos of the project to come soon!
Part of the role of architect on any project is to create a compelling space that inspires and delights. Listen for yourself how the 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center does just that, while also transforming the neighborhood.
Jonas is featured about 1:20 into the video.
Does the presence of a nonprofit tutoring facility signal gentrification, or general improvement of life for a rough intersection? Whether or not you agree with this statement, Jonas is proud to be a part of the 826 Valencia project, located at a notorious intersection in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood that was recently featured on this KALW public radio show:
Jonas Kellner is honored to be part of the Build Team at 826 Valencia’s newest San Francisco location in the Tenderloin. Thanks to his enthusiastic support of this process — which has included bringing several additional players to the table to make this project a success — the staff of 826 Valencia has dubbed him “Mr. Everything.”
The Journal of the American Institute of Architects recently quoted Jonas Kellner on the topic of engaging staff in the architectural design process:
When Mozilla contracted San Francisco–based MKThink to develop plans for the Internet software company’s new 54,000-square-foot headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., the architects faced concerns from their client’s staff about losing their existing workspace.
“Some [were] concerned about losing the office in downtown Mountain View,” says Jonas Kellner, senior associate at MKThink. “Part of the desire for the client was to make the staff be part of the design process and engage them in that before we started construction. By the time the design was done, staff members felt ownership in the design.”
The user-engagement strategy grew out of Mozilla’s past work with MKThink, which has helped design seven facilities for the Silicon Valley company in the last three years.
It also represents a promising approach to doing business in a field where client trends are notoriously difficult to gauge, and where variability, from conception to completion, is a constant.