Goettsch Partners (GP) has been commissioned to design a 605-foot-tall "Park Tower" for San Francisco. Planned to rise in the SOMA district, on the corner of Howard and Beale streets, across from the new Transbay Transit Center, the new building will feature a variety of office space, flanked by a series of outdoor terraces - "mini-parks in the sky," hence the tower's name.
"The tower’s façade is comprised of floor-to-ceiling glass and is articulated with a series of vertical glass fins that relate to the location of the tower terraces, which occur at a three-story module," said GP in a press release. "The podium façade also utilizes a series of vertical double fins in addition to a module of fritted glass. The fritted glass element is repeated through to the base of the building to help continue the tower articulation and materiality throughout the three tower massings."
"The materiality and scale of the façade changes with each of the separate tower massings. However, they are in concert with each other and the scale becomes smaller as we approach the base of the tower. The overall tower design is meant to create a timeless aesthetic that will provide a positive addition to the Transbay area as well as the San Francisco skyline," adds Scott Seyer principal at GP.
The tower's base is made up of a covered, 5,000-square-foot outdoor plaza that connects to retail and the building's main lobby space. An artist-designed, site-specific installation is expected to mark the building's entrance.
Construction is expected to being this October, with completion slated for 2018.