June 4, 2007

Transbay Terminal Design Update: And Then There Were Three

The Foster + Partners team was dropped and the Calatrava team dropped out (last month), and so the design competition for San Francisco’s new Transbay Terminal and Tower is down to three.

At the same time John King reports that a number of Planning Department missteps could possibly impact the upzoning of the First and Mission location (which is currently limited to 550 feet), and at the very least will add some complexity to the submission and evaluation of proposals.

And according to one seriously “plugged-in” tipster who has been privy to a number of preliminary sketches from the Richard Rogers team, we are not going to be disappointed.

Foster + Partners Dropped From Transbay Terminal Design Comp [SocketSite]
Transbay Terminal (And Tower) Design Competition: The Teams [SocketSite]
Transbay tower's final height limit still up in the air [SFGate]

First Published: June 4, 2007 3:00 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

I'll be interested to hear any study results about wind down Mission Street. I already fold up my umbrella on windy, rainy days when walking down Main Street just before hitting Mission lest I want to replace another umbrella.

I've heard dreams of 1200-1400 feet, which would be a great windfall for property taxes ....

Posted by: Jamie at June 4, 2007 10:22 AM

RE: The TransBay Terminal Tower height...

I wonder if it has occurred to the developers/designers of the proposed TransBay Tower to join forces with politically astute residents of Twin Peaks who despise Sutro Tower looming over their neighborhoods.

One would think a deal could be cut that increases the height of the proposed skyscraper to a level that makes the building's roof (and spire, perhaps) a suitable broadcasting platform to REPLACE the monstrosity atop Twin Peaks.

...two birds, one stone. win/win. - or something like that.

Posted by: sonofsoma at June 4, 2007 5:47 PM

Huh? "Monstrosity".

FYI, some of us love Sutro Tower!

Posted by: anon at June 5, 2007 6:56 AM

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