222 Second Street Lobby

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Project Description

Sleek lines and warm light craft a refined lobby for lingering.

Located in the rapidly changing South of Market neighborhood, this 26-story building is home to professional networking giant LinkedIn. Adjacent to LinkedIn’s private entrance sits a large public lobby. With door panels that slide open to the street, public gathering is encouraged, where people can admire three large works by Frank Stella. HLB, Gensler, and Thomas Phifer and Partners worked with the artist in his New York studio to extensively mock-up the artwork lighting. HLB’s mock-up of the artist’s three dimensional installation determined the piece was best represented in an relatively shadow-less ambient lighting setting without accent lighting to create distorting shadows.

One of the challenges the team faced was designing to the most constrained conditions in the shallow cavity above the tenant lobby luminous ceiling. Low wattage panels with tightly spaced “LEDS” create uniformity behind a double layered Numat fabric system. The aesthetic of the lighting concept was supported by HLB’s sophisticated technical implementation. The end result is a carefully executed marriage between electric and natural lighting, transforming the main entry of one of San Francisco’s newest high-rises.

Project Highlights

• LEED Gold targeted
• Luminous ceiling


• Gensler
• Thomas Phifer and Partners


Project Background

• 13,600 square feet
• $186 million

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