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Press Club

A new wine bar in San Francisco brings the wine country to the city.

Press Club

A new wine bar in San Francisco brings the wine country to the city.

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    The project was an interior renovation, because the exterior storefront is controlled by the building owner. But warm wood and bottles nestled in customdesigned racks welcome visitors and make no bones about the club’s primary focus: the wine. PENDANT LIGHT FIXTURES - Niche Modern - Bella pendant with clear glass shade - nichemodern.com - VERTICAL TRANSPORT - Mitsubishi - Passenger elevator - mitsubishi.com

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    The two main horseshoe-shaped tasting bars were outfitted with custom wine display cases and signage that identifies each of the eight wineries that are in residence. Soffits help to define spaces in the open-plan space by defining tasting zones, circulation zones, and lounges. LIGHT FIXTURE FABRIC SHADE - Knoll Textiles - Imago Progeny drapery fabric in Blonde - knoll.com - PAINT - Kelly-Moore - Interior latex paint in black - kellymoore.com - WALL WASHER LIGHT FIXTURES - Danalite - Fluorescent T8 downlight wall washers - danalight.dk

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    A new take on the wine bar, Press Club--in the base of the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco--plays host to eight local wineries at different stations on the two main horseshoe bars (one of which can be seen above) in an industry-meets-nature-inspired setting.

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    A lounge across from one of the tasting bars was programmed with some of the club’s only movable furniture so that the space can be rearranged and redefined for parties and private events. PENDANT LIGHT FIXTURES - Resolute - Custom rectangular and drum fixtures based on the David 16 fixture - resoluteusa.com - CARPET - Bentley Prince Street - Sisal Twist - bentleyprincestreet.com - UPHOLSTERY FABRIC - Knoll Textiles - Moto HC upholstery in Picnic - knoll.com

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    The tapas bar is the only place where wines from multiple wineries can be purchased. Framed by custom banquettes and with an events lounge tucked behind a wall-sized wine rack, this, the third of three main bar areas, is kept quiet enough for conversation with acoustic fabric lining the unfinished ceiling above the decorative soffits. BANQUETTE FABRIC - Maharam - Repeat Classic fabric - maharam.com - DECORATIVE LIGHT FIXTURES - Resolute - Clarity Ceiling fi xtures - resoluteusa.com - STOOL AND OTTOMAN UPHOLSTERY FABRIC - Architex - Voila upholstery fabric in Mushroom - architex-ljh.com - BARSTOOLS - ISA International - 1292 Cube barstool - haveaseat.com - TRACK LIGHTING - Translite Sonoma - Micro Spot G - translite.com

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    The cash wrap in the main reception space is a microcosm of the overall materials palette--which includes American black walnut, stainless steel, cork fabric, and concrete. EGRESS SIGNAGE - Sure-Lites - ELX Series recessed exit sign - sureliteslighting.com - RECESSED DOWNLIGHTS - LiteFrame - 4" recessed low-voltage downlights - prescolite.com/brands/liteframe.php

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    Empty wine bottles backlit by LED fixtures form a sculptural feature wall at the top of the main staircase that leads to the tasting bars. The empty bottles are complemented by full ones in the nearby retail display, which was designed and fabricated by Eclipse Designs. WALLCOVERING - Jelinek Cork Group - Fabric Cork - jelinek.com - WALL SURFACING - Giampolini & Co. - Boardformed cement plaster - giampolini.com - DISPLAY LIGHTING - Winona LED - LED display lighting - winonalighting.com

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    The main staircase provides access from the ground-floor reception/retail space down to the tasting and tapas areas of Press Club. Walnut shelves (with inset LED strips to light the labels) showcase some of the bottles that can be tasted at the different winery stations. STEP LIGHTS - Winona LED - Step 02 Square Deco step lights - winonalighting.com - WOOD PANELING - Plant Architectural Woodwork - American black walnut - plantwoodwork.com - STAIR RAIL ASSEMBLY - Eclipse Design - Custom stainless steel and glass stair rail - eclipsedesigngp.com

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A new vision for a wine bar in downtown San Francisco, a wine-loving region, Press Club started as a business plan hatched by part-owner Andrew Chun at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. The premise: Provide a space where employees of select local wineries can showcase their wares in a setting that will keep bringing patrons back for more.

Enter Baldauf Catton von Eckartsberg Architects—which made a name for itself as retail architect for the San Francisco Ferry Building renovation and other projects—and a design team led by principal Christian von Eckartsberg, a fellow Dartmouth alum. “This had to be a place to not only capture the tours and business travelers,” von Eckartsberg says. “It is critically important that this is a place that locals feel great about.” A small retail space on the ground level gives way to a 7,000-square-foot basement level with a tapas bar and two wine halls for tasting.

The resulting space is an urban expression of the wine country, pairing natural materials—black walnut wood, cork wall and ceiling coverings—with more industrial finishes such as concrete and steel. This simple materials palette is carried throughout the space. Wood appears on walls, the bars, and soffits, while stainless steel appears on everything from the stair rail assembly to the countertop of the cash wrap by the entry.

Programming the space was a challenge, especially given that von Eckartsberg was “sensitive to not having this turn into the wine ‘food court’ of San Francisco.” The space—­which began as a raw, open 12,000 square feet—is delineated by the use of soffits, area rugs, and wine racks to define the tasting bars in the wine halls, the two lounges, and the tapas bar. The only closed-off room that the public can access is a private dining room at the rear of the basement level. To reduce noise, a black acoustic blanket is attached to the ceiling above the soffits to dampen the inevitable echoes of a space with very little soft-surfacing.

Each of eight winery stations is defined by subtle stainless steel signs and bottle displays. Behind each station, a lit display case shows the wines available. And no cash registers clutter up the place—all purchases are totaled up and paid for at the door, adding to the exclusive club feel.

So sidle up to Chateau Montelena’s station, grab a glass of chardonnay, and enjoy being part of the in crowd.


The Spec List

Flooring

Sisal Twist carpet in Tie Dye • Bentley Prince Street • bentleyprincestreet.com • Circle 435

Moki carpet in Fustic • Masland Contract • maslandcontract.com • Circle 436

Ceilings

Acoustical ceiling tile • Armstrong • armstrong.com • Circle 437

Fabric Cork • Jelinek Cork Group • jelinek.com • Circle 438

Finishes

American black walnut wood • Plant Architectural Woodwork • plantwoodwork.com • Circle 439

Precast concrete sinks and bartops • Concreteworks • concreteworks.com • Circle 440

Ceramic and glass tile • Gino Rinaldi Inc. • rinalditileandmarble.com • Circle 441

Interior paint • Kelly-Moore •kellymoore.com • Circle 442

Board-formed cement plaster • Giampolini & Co. • giampolini.com • Circle 443

Metal and stainless steel finishes • Eclipse Design • eclipsedesigngp.com • Circle 444

Furniture

Custom furniture • Dependable Furniture Manufacturing • dependablefm.com • Circle 445

Club chair • Andreu World America • andreuworldamerica.com • Circle 446

1292 Cube barstool • ISA International • havaseat.com • Circle 447

Ottomans • Martin Brattrud • martinbrattrud.com • Circle 448

Custom tables • Warisan • warisan.com • Circle 449

Custom tables • Brent Comber Originals • brentcomber.com • Circle 450

Decorative pillows and custom cushions • Georgina Rice and Co. • georginarice.com • Circle 451

Fabrics

Haze fabric in Barley • Knoll Textiles • knoll.com • Circle 452

Moto HC fabric in Picnic • Knoll Textiles • knoll.com • Circle 453

Sublime fabric in Grass • Arc-Com • arc-com.com • Circle 454

Repeat Classic fabric • Maharam • maharam.com • Circle 455

Voila fabric in Mushroom • Architex • architex-ljh.com • Circle 456

Imago Progeny drapery fabric in Blonde • Knoll Textiles • knoll.com • Circle 457

Lighting

Bella pendant with clear glass shade • Niche Modern • nichemodern.com • Circle 458

Par 38 track lighting • Litelab • litelab.com • Circle 459

Micro Spot G • Translite Sonoma • translite.com • Circle 460

Undercounter LED lighting • Winona LED • winonalighting.com • Circle 461

4 recessed low-voltage downlights • LiteFrame • prescolite.com/brands/liteframe.php • Circle 462

Fluorescent T8 wall washers • Danalite • danalight.dk • Circle 463

Par 38 fixtures • RSA Lighting • rsalighting.com • Circle 464

2 by 4 recessed fluorescent fixtures • Lithonia Lighting • lithonia.com • Circle 465

Step 02 Square Deco step lights • Winona LED • winonalighting.com • Circle 466

Clarity Ceiling fixtures • Resolute • resoluteusa.com • Circle 467

Studio pendant fixture • Neidhardt Lighting • neidhardtinc.com • Circle 468

ELX Series recessed exit signs • Sure-Lites • surelites-lighting.com • Circle 469

Ceiling rectangular box and drum pendants based on the David 16 fixture • Resolute • resoluteusa.com • Circle 470

Vertical Transport

Passenger Elevator • Mitsubishi • mitsubishi.com • Circle 471


  • Christian von Eckartsberg, Principal-in-Charge/Design Principal, Baldauf Catton von Eckartsberg Architects
    Christian von Eckartsberg, Principal-in-Charge/Design Principal, Baldauf Catton von Eckartsberg Architects

Project Press Club

Location San Francisco

Client Millennium Partners, Taste Partners

Architect Baldauf Catton von Eckartsberg Architects, San Francisco—Christian von Eckartsberg (principal-in-charge/design principal); Megan Hannon (job captain/project designer); Kevin Zeller (project manager); Anna Pahucki (interior designer)

M/E/P and Lighting Engineer CB Engineers

Structural Engineer Desimone Consulting Engineers

General Contractor Plant Construction Co.—Jeff Gherardini, David Smith (construction managers); Crystal Bunzell (superintendent)