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

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
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 © Foster + Partners
This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image © 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 San Francisco.

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...

This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners +5

Folsom Tower / Studio Gang

01:00 - 11 July, 2014
Folsom Tower / Studio Gang, Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects
Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

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, Studio Gang 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

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, 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

    106000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs "Plaza District" for City Center, Courtesy of RPBW
Courtesy of 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 San Ramon. Similar to his prized California Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco’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

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
© David Wakely
© David Wakely
  • Architects

  • Location

    410 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  • Design Team

    Louis Ray, William Turner, Matt Gamache, Surili Ranpuria, Audrey Bauer, Lacey Engelke, Stephen Killion
  • Area

    44000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely +18

Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field, Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell
Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell

San Francisco’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 James Corner Field Operations, 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

00:00 - 27 March, 2014
Foster to Design "First and Mission" Towers in San Francisco , © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

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

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Peter’s House  / Craig Steely, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Area

    1900.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

OMA to Design 550-Foot Residential Tower in San Francisco

00:00 - 17 March, 2014
OMA to Design 550-Foot Residential Tower in San Francisco, Site Image. Via Curbed
Site Image. Via Curbed

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 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

00:00 - 1 March, 2014
Jeanne Gang Selected to Design San Francisco Skyscraper, © Sally Ryan Photography
© 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 San Francisco. 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

00:00 - 25 February, 2014
San Francisco Apple Store Passes "Avian Risk" Analysis, Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

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 San Francisco'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

00:00 - 10 February, 2014
Apple’s Revised San Francisco Store Approved, Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

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 New York City) has been awarded approval from the city. 

Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition

01:00 - 6 February, 2014
Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition, Lucas Cultural Arts Museum © Art Zendarski
Lucas Cultural Arts Museum © Art Zendarski

This week, just two weeks after the three shortlisted teams submitted their revised proposals for Crissy Field, San Francisco’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 George Lucas’ 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

01:00 - 2 February, 2014
Snøhetta Unveils Version 3.0 of San Francisco's Golden State Warriors’ Stadium, Version 3.0: Arrival onto Pier; Rendering by steelblue. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta
Version 3.0: Arrival onto Pier; Rendering by steelblue. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta

Snøhetta has released an updated, more "slimmed-down" version of the Golden State Warriors’ Stadium, which is scheduled to debut on a preeminent San Francisco 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

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Cisco Offices / Studio O+A, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 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
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Expedia Office / Rapt Studio

01:00 - 19 January, 2014
Expedia Office / Rapt Studio, © Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel

© Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    114 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104, United States
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

355 11th Street / Aidlin Darling Design

01:00 - 19 January, 2014
355 11th Street / Aidlin Darling Design, © Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

© Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes © Matthew Millman +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Joshua Aidlin, AIA – Principal, David Darling, AIA – Principal, Shane Curnyn – Project Architect
  • Landscape Architects

    Miller Company, Jeff Miller, Kyla Burson
  • Area

    14000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Janus House / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +17