Palo Alto Residence Photo: Joe Fletcher
CCS Architecture, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, is dedicated to excellence in architecture and interior design. Since its inception in 1990, CCS has designed a diverse range of public and private buildings and interiors. The firm has gained international acclaim for the architectural and commercial success of restaurant projects, while the uniqueness of residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects has met with an unusual degree of owner satisfaction and media praise.
CCS seeks to explore opportunities of maximum potential and express them at a scale appropriate to each project. The work is firmly based in the modernist idiom, where innovation and creativity are balanced by common sense and experience. Our staff is committed to sustainable design and has been involved in a number of projects that have either integrated sustainable architecture principles into the design and/or achieved LEED certification. The firm is known for creating projects with exceptional spatial and material qualities, and for providing outstanding professional service.
Cass Calder Smith founded CCS Architecture in 1990, and Barbara Vickroy joined in 2006 as the Director of Interior Design. The principals direct a staff of 20 in two offices.
Mill Valley Residence: Mill Valley Residence, California: This 5,000-square-foot house in Mill Valley was designed as a home for an empty-nester couple. The site was the inspiration and the guiding element for the architecture: vast views of Mt. Tamalpais, intimate connections to groves of redwood trees, and a steep incline. Photo: Paul Dyer
Grand Hyatt San Francisco: OneUP at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco: OneUP is a new restaurant and bar located within the Grand Hyatt on Union Square, part of a larger $70 million renovation of the entire property. The concept, which drove the design, identifies the local region of Northern California while recognizing the Grand Hyatt brand and “International Travel”, working together in varying scales so that both are prevalent. Photo: Paul Dyer
Palo Alto Residence: Palo Alto Residence. Palo Alto, CA: This modernist, sustainable, 6,000 square foot home is currently completing construction for a family of five in downtown Palo Alto. The lower part of the house is rammed earth, while the upper floor is clad in wood and aluminum panels. In addition to using sustainable materials, the house is equipped with a 6 kW photovoltaic system to satisfy the home's electrical power needs. The house captures the yard as a private indoor-outdoor space. Photo: Joe Fletcher
25 Lusk: 25 Lusk. San Francisco, CA. This new 10,000 square foot San Francisco restaurant is located in the South of Market district, on an alley very close to the ball park, in a 1917 masonry warehouse. The building originally housed a meat curing facility on three floors and retains its original brick smoking rooms and exposed heavy timber ceilings. CCS's design utilizes all three levels to emphasize verticality, juxtaposing the existing raw structure with an inventive, modern interior. Photo: Paul Dyer
Aptos Retreat: Aptos Retreat. Aptos, CA: This 2800 sf project was designed for a San Francisco couple with six children. The property is located inland from the beach town of Aptos, California in the Santa Cruz Mountains, near the city of Santa Cruz. The 20-acre site has ocean and mountain views and is about five miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The family desired a setting that would be casual and rustic, and that would incorporate sustainable features to minimize the home's carbon footprint. Photo: Paul Dyer
The Plant Cafe Organic: The Plant: Cafe Organic. San Francisco, CA: The Plant occupies two historic, waterfront buildings at Pier 3, straddling what was once a railroad passage, which has been modified to create a full-service, 112-seat restaurant and a separate, counter-service cafe. The Plant has been named one of the "greenest" restaurants in San Francisco and is one of the few in the country with a rooftop solar PV system for on-site, electrical energy production, which will be used to power much of the kitchen. Photo: Kelly Barrie
Ammirati Office: Ammirati Advertising. New York, NY: CCS recently completed this total renovation of Ammirati Ad Agency offices in Manhattan. Photo: Kris Tamburello
Barbacco: Barbacco. San Francisco, CA. Located in San Francisco's Financial District, Barbacco is the "sexy little sister" of Perbacco, the acclaimed 2006 Italian restaurant on California Street. Owners Umberto Gibin and Stafan Terje saw the need for a more casual option to serve the neighborhood, and when a space next door became available, they developed a trattoria that would convert to an enoteca or wine bar at night. Photo: Eric Rorer
Los Altos Hills Residence: Los Altos Hills Residence. Los Altos Hills, CA: This 6,000 square foot modern home was designed for a family of five in Los Altos Hills, California. The clients, both working parents in Silicon Valley, wanted their dwelling to be as casual and family friendly as possible, energy efficient, and responsive to the local climate conditions. Photo: Matthew Millman
Tesla Motors Showroom: Tesla Motors. Los Angeles, CA: Tesla Motors, maker of the world’s most advanced electric car, has opened its flagship Los Angeles location, featuring architecture by CCS Architecture, in May of 2008. Like Tesla’s electric sports cars, the store design emphasizes style, efficiency and performance. The Los Angeles location is housed in a pair of upcycled buildings, which CCS has merged to create an efficient, gallery-like setting for showing and servicing the cars. Photo: Eric Laignel
Seadrift Residence: Seadrift Residence. Stinson Beach, CA: This new 1900-square-foot house was built along the lagoon in Stinson Beach. It was built as a second home for a three-generation San Francisco family, and the open plan is designed to accommodate large gatherings, as Seadrift is a social enclave for both friends and family. The design follows a rigorous sustainability program, achieving the Marin Planning Department's highest rating for resource efficiency. Photo: Matthew Millman