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What to Wear for an Architectural Moment

A soaring new bridge, a cutting-edge hospital, a visionary museum by the bay: The city of tomorrow is taking shape before our eyes.

San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
Firms: Donald MacDonald, MCM Construction
Started: 2002
Est. Completion: Fall 2013
There are between 200 and 300 workers welding, excavating, hauling, and jackhammering on this new 2.2-mile span from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island. The day these photos were taken, construction crews were installing a grid of rebar—reinforced steel rods—on the future roadway, priming it for the upcoming concrete pour. This seismically advanced stretch of road will incorporate fuse technology, which will allow the bridge to remain standing even if sections are damaged in a quake.
 
  • Oscar de la Renta gold and silver crêpe de chine lamé and beaded fringe dress, $5,990 at Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St. (at Geary St.), 415-362-3900
  • Pierre Hardy velvet sandals, $995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St. (at Powell St.), 415-986-4300
  • Aurelie Bidermann bronze-plated brass minimalist ring, $250 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500.
  • Herve Leger Neven ombre bandage dress, $4,370 at Herve Leger, 845 Market St. (near Powell St.), 415-284-9168
  • Jimmy Choo Kim leather zip-up boots, $965 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St. (at Powell St.), 415-986- 4300
  • Raina Vixon mixed media belt, $225 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St. (at Powell St.), 415-986-4300
  • Aesa Victorious pleated brass collar, $1,255 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500.
  • Donna Karan long-sleeve sculpted drape pleat dress, $2,495 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St. (at Powell St.), 415-986-4300
  • Alexis Bittar gold liquid collar, $365 at Alexis Bittar, 1942 Fillmore St. (near Pine St.), 415-567- 5113
  • Aurelie Bidermann bronze-plated brass minimalist ring, $250 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500.
Exploratorium
Firms: EHDD Architecture, Nibbi Brothers Contractors
Started: 2010; Est. Completion: Spring 2013
The science museum’s move to Pier 15 (near Green St.) is already 80 percent complete. With the external structure nearly finished, installation artists and scientists are converging daily to begin assembling indoor and outdoor exhibits, such as “The Color of Water,” which will reveal natural elements behind the bay’s changing hue, and “The Oculus,” a circular opening in the newly built observatory ceiling that will visually track the sun’s position across the sky. Taking advantage of its prime location, the site also boasts 1.5 acres of waterfront civic space.
 
  • Christian Dior Carmen embossed gauze and tonal matte silk-gazar dress, $11,000 at Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St. (at Geary St.), 415-362-3900
  • Christian Louboutin Filo glitter-coated platform pumps, $775 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St. (at Powell St.), 415-986-4300
  • Lynn Ban sterling silver and white pave diamond propeller cuff, $2,825 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500.

 

  • Michael Kors wool-mohair herringbone fishtail dress with ombre feather embroidery, $12,000 at Michael Kors, 865 Market St. (at Powell St.), 415-227-0800
  • Azzedine Alaia suede cutout booties, $1,465 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St. (at Powell St.), 415-986- 4300
  • Alexis Bittar Bel Air reflective dangling gunmetal clip earrings, $225 at Alexis Bittar, 1942 Fillmore St. (near Pine St.), 415-567-5113.
  • Carolina Herrera gallery abstract-print jacquard dress, $1,890 at Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St. (at Geary St.), 415-362-3900
  • Walter Steiger suede back-zip Mary Janes, $855 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500
  • Monique Pean woolly mammoth and multi-gemstone geometric bangle, $7,440 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268- 3500.
San Francisco General Hospital
Firms: Fong & Chan Architects, Webcor Builders
Started: 2009; Est. Completion: 2015
After three years moving power, gas, and medical gas lines underground, workers hoisted this future acute-care facility’s fi nal steel beam at a “topping out” ceremony in June. The nine-story Potrero Hill building will nearly triple the size of the hospital’s emergency department—the busiest in San Francisco—and will meet new seismic requirements. This fall, the crew is installing the exterior brick and glass panels, setting the stage for the site’s most buzzed-about new feature: a seventh- floor rooftop garden designed for open-air therapy.

 

  • Christian Dior Carmen knit pleated dress, $7,900 at Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St. (at Geary St.), 415-362-3900
  • Alexis Bittar Bel Air sculptural rhodium collar, $250 at Alexis Bittar, 1942 Fillmore St. (near Pine St.), 415-567-5113.

 

  • Nina Ricci square lace blouse, $590 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500
  • Zac Posen wool coating skirt, $1,390 at Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St. (at Geary St.), 415-362-3900
  • Jennifer Fisher brass grate cuff, $520 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268- 3500
  • Christian Louboutin Yousra Choked-up suede pumps, $795 at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at this photo shoot