Last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco for the first time. As I typically do before a trip, I researched the architecture of the city, plotted some points on Google maps, and sketched out a quick itinerary. San Francisco had a number of stunning buildings – perhaps second only to NYC in the US in terms of modern and contemporary architecture – and I had mapped out the de Young Museum (Herzog & de Meuron), St Mary’s Cathedral (Nervi), the SF Federal Building (Morphosis), a small gallery by Frank Lloyd Wright, and a half-dozen parks and interesting bits of urbanism like Chinatown, but I had somehow missed this: the Hyatt Embarcadero, by John Portman Associates, 1973.

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