RFQ Issued: February 27, 2015



Monday, April 6, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


PROJECT SUMMARYProject owner, Monogram Residential Trust and managing agent, Urban Preservation Foundation are seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific permanent public artwork for their OM – On Mission development located at 1401 Mission Street in San Francisco.The work should activate and enliven the façade(s) and/or lobby area of the striking, contemporary residential building, and appeal to both building residents and to the public.

This is a high profile opportunity for an imaginative and innovative artist to create a large scale artwork in a very prominent location.

This project is open to all professional artists and artist teams, based locally, nationally and internationally. Demonstrated experience completing and coordinating exterior art installations with construction project managers, and related contractors, engineers, and architects is preferred. Interested artists should apply only if they are able to complete the project in accordance with the schedule. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines shall be withdrawn from consideration.

The total budget for the commissioned artwork is $225,000, inclusive of all artistic elements, artist’s fees and expenses associated with the project, including but not limited to: artist’s travel, design and fabrication costs, transportation, insurance, documentation, presentations, and installation. Budget will be allocated appropriately based on artwork scope and scale.


The OM – On Mission development is located at 1401 Mission Street in the SOMA/Mid-Market Corridor bordered by music clubs, the colorful Mission District, and lively Hayes Valley neighborhood. The beautiful 12-story building utilizes metal panels and generous areas of glass to create a dramatic new residential development that will serve as a tranquil urban oasis in the vibrant heart of San Francisco. The project will feature 121 contemporary lofts available for lease, and an abundance of outstanding amenities including, a north and south facing roof deck with a grilling area, fire pits and fitness center, a stunning entry lobby, and enclosed garage parking. The building is owned by Monogram Residential Trust, and designed and developed by Martin Building Company in collaboration with Arquitectonica.

Arquitectonica’s design for On Mission reinterprets residential building design with an innovative contemporary point of view within the parameters of timeless principals of balance and proportions. The façade is made of two-story window bays framed by metal panels. This concept is further articulated by treating each bay as a whole entity, with “cubes” that are slightly pushed in or pulled out to animate the façade and give additional depth and dimension. This gives the building the appearance of playfully stacked living pods, each individually expressed. The color varies slightly for each cube to reinforce the depth of the articulation.

The On Mission development is on the corner of 10th Street and Mission Street. The building is designed such that a vertical expression is set forth to break the building mass and mark the street corner. On Mission’s design corresponds to its immediate neighbors by providing a plane break in the façade that relates to the height of the neighboring building. At the rear of On Mission, a corner has been sliced away to provide a landscaped courtyard and to allow for windows to overlook the landscaping.

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