The San Francisco Ballet Building is Beverly Willis’ most famous building. Willis extensively researched the needs of ballet dancers when she designed this building. In Willis’ design, the mirrors are tilted in the studios so that dancers can see their complete reflection, even during lifts. There are 8 rehearsal and classroom studios, all built with high ceilings, so the dancers have adequate space to rehearse. There are also offices for administrative staff as well as a library and conference space designed to accommodate the study of choreography. Willis also thoughtfully included space for physical therapy, exercise space, and locker rooms. Due to the building’s location, Willis worked with the San Francisco City Planning Department to ensure the design fit the Neo-Renaissance design of other buildings in the area.
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