Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

Turning Over A New Leaf: Bringing a modern arts facility to an underutilized neighborhood

With the South of Market neighborhood badly in need of a makeover, the $12 million Yerba Buena Center for the Arts project was a catalyst for the reimagination of a blighted area of downtown San Francisco. The three-story, 50,000-sf facility features visual art, performance and film from San Francisco and around the globe. Long-span steel trusses allow for a column-free layout that incorporates multiple spaces with a variety of floor plans and ceiling heights.

Project Highlights

  • Long-span steel trusses vary between 70 and 80 feet.
  • The venue includes a 757-seat theater, a 92-seat film screening room, an 850-capacity event space and a 350-capacity grand lobby.
  • The facility blends seamlessly with the nearby Moscone Center and adjacent Yerba Buena Gardens to create an immersive civic campus.


  • 1995 AIA San Francisco Award of Honor for Design Excellence
  • 1994 AIA National Honor Award for Architecture


San Francisco, CA
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