Cal's new Helios building
I walked past the almost-finished Helios Building this morning (22 August 2012). Designed by the San Francisco office of the national design/ planning firm, SmithGroupJJR, Helios hugs the street wall along Oxford and Hearst. Its long, narrow site leaves room for open space and additional development. The Oxford facade benefits from the narrowness and from a well-executed curtain wall (below) that continues on the inner-facing south facade. The Hearst facade is longer and, with a repetitive grid of punched windows, less interesting. The beige color of the stone, although subtly variegated, adds to the monotony.