The Brannans is a collection of buildings totalling 480,000 square feet of mixed-use space over four buildings. Prominently located in the heart of SoMa (San Francisco’s technology hub), they are just minutes away from South Park, an urban outdoor community space.
At 333 Brannan, William McDonough + Partners installed the BioBasedTiles® (previously: BioLith®) by Biomason® as paving in the exterior courtyard of cloud storage and file-syncing company Dropbox, which fully leases the building.
The BioBasedTiles® are the first ever bio-based tile that grows with the help of bacteria. They are produced in a lab in a process similar to how coral reefs grow, each paver formed in a mould where sand is mixed with nutrient-rich liquids. This is your solution to lower your carbon footprint: the Biocement® in the product has 95% less CO₂ emission than traditional cement, yet it’s 3x stronger and 20x lighter than concrete block.
This is the first commercial application of the patented process by Biomason® in America and founders Ginger and Michael Dosier packed and personally drove the order from their headquarters in Durham, NC to San Francisco, CA.