Located at the corner of Pine and Polk, The Austin is a design-forward, mid-rise condominium located in the Lower Polk neighborhood of San Francisco, in close proximity to Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow and Russian Hill. It offers premier amenities and ample outdoor spaces, including a spectacular roof deck with sweeping city views. Residents will also have access to other amenities, including a dog-washing facility, outdoor fire pits, bike parking and more.
The Austin is designed by Edmonds + Lee Architects, a full-service design, development, and architecture firm based in San Francisco’s Mission District. The building embodies principals Robert Edmond’s and Vivian Lee’s commitment to producing work that explores relationships of light, space, plane, material, and the endless possibilities of form.
ELA’s work is ethereal and material—equally grounded in real-world concerns like budget and local rental markets as in conceptual concerns like duality, the power of a flush of recognition, and intimacy.
The Austin is a prime example of the intersection of old- meets new-school San Francisco, and is the perfect ode to ELA’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between continuity and interruption, between seamlessness and breaks. Incorporating the best of the upscale, minimalist hospitality design into a cozy setting that people with discerning, international experience and taste would want to call home, it creates into a cocoon-like sanctuary that draws you in. The utilitarian design is as practical is as it beautiful, and includes: a peek-a-boo, dual-sided fireplace; a communal co-working space that’s warm and inviting like an in-building coffee shop; cool LED slot lighting; high lobby ceilings; and raw concrete columns that give you a glimpse of the building’s fierce, structural integrity.
“We wanted a distinctly California design with the organic and authentic qualities that speak to the people and culture here, but wanted to take it to the next level of sophistication not usually found in most condo buildings,” says Vivian Lee.
The Austin features 100 residences including studio, one- and two-bedroom homes. The homes will offer top-of-the-line fixtures and kitchen appliances from high-end European manufacturers such as Miele, Bosch and Hansgrohe. In the bathrooms, floating vanities, hidden drawers and custom cabinetry by local San Francisco cabinetmaker Sozo Studio also add a simple, understated flair. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flow through the space, and showcase the expansive views of the city.