Snøhetta Unveils Version 3.0 of San Francisco’s Golden State Warriors’ Stadium

Version 3.0: Arrival onto Pier; Rendering by steelblue. Image ©

Snøhetta has released an updated, more “slimmed-down” version of the Golden State Warriors’ Stadium, which is scheduled to debut on a preeminent waterfront site for the 2017-18 NBA basketball season. Located on Piers 30-32, just walking distance from the downtown Financial District and easily accessed by a variety of public transportation, the revised design has shaved off over 30,000 square feet of the venue’s total square footage and increased public open space to nearly 8 acres, 60 percent of the 13 acre site. 

The 695,000 square foot arena plans to please the masses by replacing the existing, “crumbling” pier with a network of open parks and plazas, complete with stunning Bay Bridge views. Not only will the 125-foot, disk-shaped stadium cater to Warriors’ needs, but it will also provide 90,000 square feet of retail space and a state-of-the-art events pavilion. 

Version 3.0: Brannan Street Wharf; Rendering by steelblue. Image © Snøhetta

“From the beginning, we’ve said this arena will be world-class, incorporating the best in design, technology and sustainability,” said Peter Guber, Co-Executive Chairman of the Warriors. “Snøhetta and AECOM have done a masterful job designing an arena and public space that will serve as the model for a 21st century digital sports and entertainment center.”

Version 3.0: Grass Beach; Rendering by steelblue. Image © Snøhetta

“This new updated design lives up to the importance of this incredible waterfront site and fuses together the vision of the Golden State Warriors with the landscape of the bay and the input we’ve heard over the past several months from neighbors, community leaders and regulatory agencies,” said Craig Dykers, Architect and Founding Partner of Snøhetta. “Each design we’ve introduced has built on previous versions to create a place that provides for everyone: fans, pedestrians, bicyclists, tourists, local residents and the diverse community of San Francisco.”

Version 3.0: Embarcadero Looking; Rendering by steelblue. Image © Snøhetta
Version 3.0: Event Plaza; Rendering by steelblue. Image © Snøhetta

Architects: Snøhetta
Location: 599 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Pavilion Height: 125 ft
Pavilion Seating Capacity: 18,064
Total Open Space: 60% of site (7.6 acres)
Open Space At Pier Level: 3.9 acres
Retail : 90,000 GSF
Parking Spaces: 500
Bike Parking Spaces: 300
Area: 695000.0 ft2
Year: 2017
Photographs: Snøhetta

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Snøhetta Unveils Version 3.0 of San Francisco’s Golden State Warriors’ Stadium" 02 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=369539>

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    Not sure this design is all that great, but whatever virtue it enjoys will be slowly destroyed by AECOM in the name of technical resolution and documentation.

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