Whole Foods Market, Stanyan

Whole Foods Markets are known for being well-designed spaces, but they tend to have a similar vibe and aesthetic. Field Paoli’s scheme for the Stanyan Street store in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury area bucks that trend, which ultimately earned it plaudits from the SADI judges. Field Paoli also delivered a fresh take on the concept despite having little space to work with: The store contains just 21,000 sq. ft. of space—much smaller than the typical Whole Foods. “The floor is great,” one judge said. “And the store as a whole feels warm, approachable and accessible.” The Stanyan Street Whole Foods is a renovation of a neighborhood grocery store that had sat vacant for five years. Field Paoli was charged with rehabilitating the old building and revitalizing the neighborhood through the creative use and reuse of materials. The existing building’s shell was stripped, leaving the structure exposed, and new windows were installed. A substantial portion of the existing concrete floor was maintained and polished. The new store also features locally reclaimed redwood as well as reclaimed gym flooring at the checkout aisle.

Project Name
Whole Foods Market

Location
San Francisco

Square Footage
21,000

Architect
Field Paoli Architects
Design Architect
Studio Gee Architecture

Credits
MEPR Engineer
DC Engineering

Structural Engineer
KPW Structural Engineers

Acoustical Engineer
Charles Salter & Associates

Specifications
Emily Borland Specifications

General Contractor
CM&B

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