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100 First Street
Property Overview
Building Description

100 First Street is a 27-story, Class A high-rise building located in the up-and-coming South of Market (SOMA) district of San Francisco. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 100 First Street’s graduated tiers and pale rose marble façade give the building a distinct look against the backdrop of the more traditional San Francisco high rises. The building’s unique multi-faceted window line provides unobstructed, panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding areas.



The building was one-of-a-kind in SOMA when it was built in 1988 and paved the way for other developers to see the potential of the district. 100 First Street is now at the center of some of the city’s most ambitious developments, including the Transbay Transit Center, a $4.5 billion project with a regional transit hub and Salesforce Tower, the centerpiece of the San Francisco Transbay redevelopment plan.




Building Improvements

100 First Street was acquired by Kilroy Realty in 2010. As the new owner/operator, Kilroy took immediate steps to re-position the building in the burgeoning SOMA market. The building’s entrances and lobbies were redesigned and the parking garage façade was completely renovated. Additional glass in the retail storefronts and new retail blade signage created inviting and streamlined sidewalk appeal.

Recognitions & Awards

100 First Street received the Building of the Year Award in 2015 and has consistently been awarded with Energy Star certification for its energy efficiency. In 2009, the building was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and in 2014 the building received its 2014 LEED Gold Recertification. In 2012, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) 360 Performance Program Council awarded 100 First Street with the BOMA 360 award for demonstrating best practices in building operations and management and promoting standards of operational and management excellence in commercial properties.

Public Art

LobbyThe Sun Terrace at 100 First Street is one of San Francisco’s Privately-Owned Public Open Spaces (POPOS), a publicly-accessible urban retreat for the city’s workers, residents and visitors. The building’s peaceful water fountain, designed by artist John Gilbert Luebtow, is located on the Sun Terrace and provides tenants with soothing sounds as they enjoy a quiet lunch or bask in the noonday sun.




Art in the Common Areas

FRANÇOISE NIELLY, Untitled 620, 2014
Print on aluminum, 45 x 45 inches framed

Françoise Nielly is a painter based in Paris, France whom Mr. Kilroy discovered on a recent trip to the Netherlands. Nielly's artwork is typically vibrant and detailed. A lot of her work is inspired by urban life. Françoise uses knives to paint her artwork as she seems to prefer the thick, clean brushstrokes created by them. Painting portraits is her specialty. As a child, she was taught by her father that there was "no room for mistakes," and this has interestingly influenced the intricacy of her artwork as she layers her paintings with bright and contrasting color. She is represented by multiple galleries in Europe (Spain, France, UK) and America (US, Canada).




LobbyBRADLEY SABIN, Floral Wall Installation, 2016
Ceramic, glaze, 150 pieces, dimensions variable

Bradley Sabin is a ceramic artist based in New Orleans, LA, whose ceramic practice is inspired by the natural world. In the early 2000s Sabin moved from Michigan to Louisiana which resulted in a love of gardening and new observations of the outside world that make up his "library" of organic forms. He equates the care and time needed to have a healthy garden to human relationships that also require nurturing and protecting to flourish. In his latest installations of Magnolia inspired flowers forms he often thinks of the work as immersive surroundings that are inviting and promote his love of nature. His goal is to have his art installations evoke the same sense of awe and wonder seen in our breathtakingly beautiful natural world and environment.


  1. 333 Brannan, San Francisco, CA – Construction worker in action on the roof of the project.

  2. 350 Mission, San Francisco, CA – Testing of Refik Anadol's 'Virtual Depictions: San Francisco,' a public art project by media artist Refik Anadol that consists of a series of parametric data sculptures that tell the story of the city and people around us within a unique artistic approach for 350 Mission’s media wall in collaboration with Kilroy Realty Corporation, Mr. John Kilroy, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Architects and DPA Fine Art Consulting.

  3. 555 Mathilda, Sunnyvale, CA – Detail from the multiday metal assembly, welding and installation of Jon Krawczyk's massive red ribbon sculpture at the Sunnyvale campus. Lauded for his ability to turn metal into large scale biomorphic sculptures that strike viewers as having their own ubiquitous presence, Krawczyk cuts, pounds and welds sheets of stainless steel to fabricate these massive smooth, monolithic, curvilinear forms that almost look as though they were carved by a samurai slicing clay. Krawczyk’s sculpture highlights the massive physicality of making art objects from that material action of welding energy and matter with entropic force.
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