The Nature Conservancy HQ / MKThink

© Cesar Rubio

Architects: MKThink
Location: , CA, USA
Project Mangement: Studley
Contractor: GCI
Area: 16200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cesar Rubio

California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail

Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA

California has broke ground on America’s first high-speed rail line in Fresno, six years after voters first approved an almost $10 billion bond act to fund the project. However, along with celebrations comes skepticism; according to an NPR report, fears of the project’s failure have risen due to the rail line only having a fifth of its funding and that its nearly three-hour journey will still take longer than a flight connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. Despite this, supporters are optimistic that the line will be up and running by 2030. The state will be relying on private investment and revenue from the state’s greenhouse-gas fees to secure the remaining $55 billion needed to complete the $68 billion project.

North Beach Branch Library / LMS Architects

Courtesy of

Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Location: North Beach, , CA, USA
Area: 8500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of LMS Architects

Laguna Street Residence / Michael Hennessey Architecture

© Joe Fletcher

Architects: Michael Hennessey Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 4370.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

Square Headquarters / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

© Matthew Millman

Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: , CA, USA
Design Principal: Gregory R. Mottola, AIA
Project Manager: Christopher Orsega, AIA
Area: 173450.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Matthew Millman

SFMOMA Tops Out

© Henrik Kam

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has topped out its Snøhetta-designed extension, marking the halfway point in the museum’s transformation. Rising behind ’s existing Mario Botta-designed building, the 10-story addition will add more than triple the amount of gallery space, 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor galleries, flexible performance art spaces and a dramatically expanded education program for students and teachers upon completion in 2016.

More images after the break…

VARA / Studio O+A

© Jasper Sanidad

Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 1880 Mission Street, , CA 94103, USA
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Capital One Lab / Studio O+A

© Jasper Sanidad

Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA, USA
Project Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Chris Lindes, Oren Aks, Alma Lopez, Kroeun Dav, Alfred Socias, Justin Ackerman, Sarah Dziuba, Chase Lunt, Jeorge Jordan, Elizabeth Guerrero, Holly Hursley
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

New Images Released of Foster + Partners’ “First and Mission” Towers in San Francisco

This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

New images have been released of Foster + Partners’ and Heller Manus Architects’ design for  “First and Mission,” a two tower, two million square foot mixed-use development project in downtown .

The project consists of a 605-foot condominium tower — the tallest residential project on the West Coast — and an 850-foot hotel, residential and office tower. Together the two towers will add more than a million square feet of flexible office and commercial space, as well as 650,000 square feet of residential units to the Transbay Area.

View more images and learn more about the design of the “First and Mission” project after the break…

Studio Gang Architects Reveals Design of Twisting San Francisco Skyscraper

Courtesy of

Last night Studio Gang Architects unveiled designs of their first ever building in San Francisco, a 400 foot tall residential tower with an undulating, twisting facade. Inspired by the bay windows of older local buildings such as 450 Sutter Street, have added a twist (literally) to the typology with incremental rotations of the 90-degree bays running vertically up the facade.

Read on for more details of the design

Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A

© Jasper Sanidad

Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA, USA
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, David Hunter, Alma Lopez, Renee Laput-Mendoza, Sarunya Wongjodsri, , Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu
Area: 106,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs “Plaza District” for City Center

© RPBW

Renzo Piano has been commissioned to return to the Bay Area, this time to design a 350,000 square foot “Plaza District” for a mixed-used City Center development in . Similar to his prized California Academy of Sciences building in ’s Golden Gate Park, the new multi-use district will feature expansive glass walls and a lush living roof.

Adobe 410 Townsend / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

© David Wakely

Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Location: 410 Townsend Street, , CA 94107, USA
Design Team: Louis Ray, William Turner, Matt Gamache, Surili Ranpuria, Audrey Bauer, Lacey Engelke, Stephen Killion
Area: 44000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Wakely

Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field

Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell

’s Presidio Trust isn’t giving up. After rejecting three shortlisted schemes earlier this year that envisioned a “cultural institution of distinction” for the underdeveloped Crissy Field, the Trust has now invited five new teams to envision “kid-friendly” plans for a 13 acre portion of the site.

The five teams, which include , Olson Kundig Architects and Snøhetta, are expected to present their ideas publicly in just three months. A winner will not be selected, though each team will receive $25,000 for their efforts. However, the Trust will be inclined to work with one of the teams should their concepts “dazzle” the audience.

A complete list of the five teams and more project information, after the break…

Foster to Design “First and Mission” Towers in San Francisco

© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, with Heller Manus Architects, has been commissioned to design a two tower, two million square foot mixed-use development in . The expansive “First and Mission” will be marked by a 605-foot “world class condominium” tower – which will be the tallest residential project on the West Coast – and a 850-foot “large floor plate office tower.” Together they will add more than a million square feet of flexible office and commercial space, as well as 650,000 square feet of residential units to the Transbay Area.

Peter’s House / Craig Steely Architecture

© Bruce Damonte

Architects: Craig Steely
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 1,900 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

OMA to Design 550-Foot Residential Tower in San Francisco

Site Image. Via Curbed

As part of an initiative to raise money for the Transbay Transit Center, the City of has sold a $72 million, city-owned parcel to developer Related of California that will pave the way for a 550-foot, New York-designed residential tower. Located on Folsom Street, between First and Fremont streets, the new tower will be a mix of condominiums and rental apartments, of which 27 percent must be affordable to residents making 60 percent of the area’s median income ($58,250 for a family of four, according to SFGate). We will keep you posted as more details become available. 

Jeanne Gang Selected to Design San Francisco Skyscraper

© Sally Ryan Photography

Though few details have emerged, developers Tishman Speyer have confirmed that they have selected Chicago-based architects Studio Gang to design a skyscraper in . Gang’s tower will be one of three Tishman Speyer projects in the city. We’ll be sure to update you as more information becomes available. Via SFGate.