Club Quarters, a new concept to the hospitality industry, are private hotels for the exclusive use of guests and employees of member companies. The hotels are unique in that members pay low rates for a quality hotel centrally located in a major city. The hotels are currently sited in several key cities including London, New York and Chicago. Heller Manus was asked to design the venture in San Francisco.
In its prime location on the corner of Battery and Clay Streets in the Financial District, this 11-story structure houses 200 guest rooms with commercial and retail space on the first floor. The façade is made up of design motifs common to San Francisco with bay windows anchoring the corners. The predominant use of brick with faux stone spanning the first two floors ensures the hotel fits contextually with the neighborhood aesthetic. Gyongy Laky, a local artist, was commissioned to create a sculpture for the Clay Street façade.
This site is also the location of a 150-year-old Gold Rush-era ship, the General Harrison. During the course of construction, the site was turned over to local archeologists for several weeks for excavation and documentation. The ship was then covered and left to lie below the basement of the hotel.
San Francisco, CA