JENSEN Architects

JENSEN Architects

San Francisco, CA


Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground

Willie ‘Woo Woo’ Wong Playground is one of Chinatown’s few historic, significant outdoor spaces - the only park for active outdoor recreation in one of the most densely populated urban areas in the nation. As part of the design team tasked with the redesign of this multilevel park and playground, Jensen Architects is working with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to remodel the existing clubhouse building. The bunker-like CMU block and concrete structure is being transformed with large storefront windows on the Waverly facade, bringing light into the lower level community space. New visual site lines through the building to the mezzanine level will glimpse a large folding door system that  opens up the building to the playground. The existing roof of the structure is extended as a bridge, connecting to the upper level of the playground and expanding the rooftop court area.

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Status: Built
Location: San Francisco, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Landscape Architect / Design Team Lead -CMG Landscape Architecture
Structural - Pivot Structural Engineering
Mechanical - HRA Engineering
Civil - Urban Design Consulting Engineers
Waterproofing - McGinnis Chen Associates, Inc
Specifications - Top Flight Specs
Construction Management - SF Public Works
Community Outreach - InterEthnica
Mural Artist - Julie Chang