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

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Foster + Partners, with Heller Manus Architects, has been commissioned to design a two tower, two million square foot mixed-use development in San Francisco. 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

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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

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As part of an initiative to raise money for the Transbay Transit Center, the City of San Francisco has sold a $72 million, city-owned parcel to developer Related of California that will pave the way for a 550-foot, OMA -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

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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.

San Francisco Apple Store Passes “Avian Risk” Analysis

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Apple’s signature glass design has come with its fair share of mishaps – from errant snowblowers to, of course, dying birds. To determine the risk posed by Apple’s latest approved store to ’s protected bird population, Apple hired avian collision risk consultants (really) who determined that the risk is “acceptable” (for non-avian species at least). Read the full bird analysis here.

Apple’s Revised San Francisco Store Approved

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Third time’s the charm, at least in the case of Apple’s Foster + Partners-designed flagship store planned for San Francisco’s historic Union Square. After being sent back to the drawings boards on multiple occasions, the signature glass box’s third proposal (which was claimed to be “more iconic” than the company’s famous Five Avenue glass cube in City) has been awarded approval from the city.

Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition

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This week, just two weeks after the three shortlisted teams submitted their revised proposals for Crissy Field, ’s Presidio Trust unanimously decided to end the competition. Though the competition raised high hopes over its 14-month duration that the Trust would transform the prominent 8-acre site into a “cultural institution of distinction,” its fate has been left to the “wind,” as the SFGate’s John King reports. This means, neither ’ self-titled cultural arts museum, WRNS Studio and the Chora Group’s sustainability institute, or the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s  “park-based” cultural center will be realized. You can view each of the rejected proposals here and more details on the cancelation here.

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

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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. 

Cisco Offices / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA, USA
Project Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, Chase Lunt, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Sarunya Wongjodsri, Justin Ackerman, David Hunter, Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Alex Bautista, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu,
Area: 110000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

355 11th Street / Aidlin Darling Design

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Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: 355 11th Street, , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Joshua Aidlin, AIA – Principal, David Darling, AIA – Principal, Shane Curnyn – Project Architect
Landscape Architects: Miller Company, Jeff Miller, Kyla Burson
Area: 14,000 sqft
Year: 2008
Photographs: Matthew Millman, Richard Barnes

Expedia Office / Rapt Studio

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Architects: Rapt Studio
Location: 114 Sansome Street, , CA, USA
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eric Laignel

Janus House / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

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Architects: Kennerly Architecture & Planning
Location: , CA, USA
Interior Design: Meg Hart Design
Area: 4,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio

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Architects: Cliff Garten Studio
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Area: 21,840 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio

Pinterest Headquarters / All of the Above + First Office + Schwartz and Architecture

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Architects: All of the Above, First OfficeSchwartz and Architecture
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Project Designers: All of the Above / –Janette Kim, Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood, with Charlie Able, Benjamin Farnsworth, Rachel Hillery, Mark Acciari, Austin Kaa, Steven Moody, Ewan Feng, Kate Hajash, Brian Lee, Darle Shinsato, Jane Zhu, Fiona Booth, Katie Okamoto, Margaret Zyro
Executive Architect: –Neal Schwartz, Lourdes Garcia, Neil O’Shea, Wyatt Arnold, Erik Bloom, Joshua Yoches
Area: 45000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Naho Kubota, Eddy Joaquim

Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism has produced a new report examining urban in eight of the USA’s largest cities, which has been translated into a collection of meaningful findings for architects, designers, and urban planners. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas – a statistic which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050 – the report hinges around the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental in unique ways” and that, in many cases, these affects can be addressed by architects and designers by the way we create within and build upon our cities.

San Francisco Loft / LINEOFFICE Architecture

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Architects: LINEOFFICE Architecture
Location: San Francisco, ,
Design Team: Ross Hummel
Area: 1,150 sqm
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters Proposal / The Open Workshop

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A fire station typically is organized into two distinct zones – one that reaches outwards to the city and acts as a monumental symbol of protection, and one that contains the hidden inner workings of the station. In a large headquarters, with a diverse set of programs each with their own unique spatial requirements, such a strategy of containment is untenable. 

Hydraspan Bridge Colony / Future Cities Lab

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To represent a “speculative proposal for the radical reuse and re-colonization of the bridge infrastructure,” -based Future Cities Lab has developed the “Hydraspan Bridge Colony installation: a 40-foot long, quarter-scale model that foresees a dense and agriculturally rich community suspended below the  – Oakland Bay Bridge.