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Hilton Financial District

San Francisco, California

The Hilton Financial District once discouraged visitors with its imposing, contextually detached concrete aesthetic. Gensler's design helped to reposition the hotel from a well-worn tourist destination to a 3 1/2-star business class hotel. The entrance, now with a luminous glass canopy, glows warmly at night, guiding visitors to the Asian-inspired lobby. A pedestrian bridge, connecting the hotel to the western Financial District and Chinatown, serves as the entrance roof. Gensler clad the underside of the bridge in aluminum to provide a continuous welcoming experience from the outside in.