San Francisco is planning a new cultural facility on the former commissary of the military base that has been turned into a national park and has announced three finalists in its competition held by the Presidio Trust, according to news outlet SFGate. The 92,000 square-foot building is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has an ambitious future that will be developed on this unique location. The three finalists have diverse agendas that range from turning the future cultural center into a performance and exhibition space to an institute that focuses on sustainability issues. The Presidio Trust is currently laying out guidelines in the next step of the competition that will likely be due in the fall. The trust also plans to engage the public with a to-be-scheduled forum in June that will host presentations by the finalists.
Join us after the break for a look at the three finalists.
The finalists come from diverse backgrounds and make for an interesting competition. They include film-maker George Lucas, The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Chora Group with architecture firm WRNS.
George Lucas proposes a pop-art museum that will trace the history of great illustrators of the last 150 years. He will be contributing works from his own collection, would pay development costs and will provide the museum with an endowment for future development.
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy proposes to reduce the size of the current building, using it as an exhibition and performance space that will have a variety of functions. The Conservancy wants to include installations and exhibits that provide a range of experiences and contemporary histories within the cultural hub.
Chora Group, along with architects WRNS, propose an institute with a focus on sustainability issues that would take into account the rich environmental and cultural history of the site and incorporate Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s reclamation and restoration goals.
What would you like to see develop as a cultural hub at the former commissary building in San Francisco?
Stay tuned for more details.