GISSV San Francisco

Studio VARA is working with the German International School of Silicon Valley to develop their new Pre-K through 8th grade SF campus location. The project will reconfigure the interior spaces to reflect the GISSV pedagogy while keeping the historical integrity of the archdiocese circa 1925 Most Holy Redeemer School.

The first phase of seismic strengthening, accessibility upgrades, hazardous materials removal, as well as the addition of a new 8’x 28’ long skylight was completed in August 2019 on time and under budget.


Phase 1 2019 , Phase 2 2020 , Phase 3 Future


San Francisco, CA


Cahill Contractors



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Phase 2 included the addition of Pre kindergarten program, playground improvements, as well as coordinating the replacement of all 78 existing windows, and exterior paint scheme to link the two campuses.

A future phase will open the building up to the new skylight and floor below to bring natural light and ventilation throughout the building while bringing the GISSV community closer together.

Project Team


Concept image: Karl und die Sonne