All images courtesy of Foster + Partners
The new Oceanwide Centre in San Francisco, designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Heller Manus Architects, has received approval from local authorities. Located in South of Market (SOMA), the project forms part of the Transbay Development Plan, which intends to provide increased urban density. The 2.3 million square foot development comprises two mixed-use towers— the 605-foot mission street tower accommodating a hotel and residences, and an 850-foot office and residential tower. Importantly, the project also includes the addition of new public spaces with pedestrian connections, as well as the restoration of two of the site’s historic buildings.
At ground level, both structures appear open, accessible and transparent. The towers have been elevated to a height of almost five storeys to provide room for a public square that forms an extension of the surrounding streets and alleyways. This 22,000 square feet space is to be landscaped by Kathryn Gustafson, and will have a wide ranging program of art installations. The project’s groundbreaking has been scheduled for November 2016.
‘We are delighted that our plans for the new Oceanwide Centre have received planning permission,’ commented Stefan Behling, Senior Executive Partner, Foster + Partners. ‘This development will be the new exemplar of urban living with exciting places to live and work right alongside the central transport hub. The new ‘urban room’ at ground level with pedestrian routes cutting across the site will catalyse the public realm in the neighborhood, with shops, cafes and green spaces for residents and employees to enjoy. We look forward to the next stages of the project with great anticipation.’