The two new buildings for the art museum will be located on different sites to lessen the visual impact of new construction. They will be connected by an underground tunnel.
The new construction on both sites will be modulated into volumes that are in scale with the adjacent historic structures. Building materials will complement the Main Post material palette and respect the color and texture of the adjacent historic buildings.
The architectural style of the new buildings will be compatible with the simple, straightforward architecture that characterizes the Main Post, but the detailing and design will be differentiated from historic Main Post buildings.
The building located south of Moraga Avenue will be mostly underground, with only about six feet of its two-story height above ground. This portion of the museum will measure about 100 by150 feet and will have a flat roof. Its Moraga Avenue façade will look like a planted retaining wall with only a small section containing the loading dock door and staff entrance.
The new gallery building will consist of two stories, with one above ground. The building will have a footprint of approximately 100 by 300 feet that is oriented to the Main Post grid.
That’s quite a change from the original design. And one can’t help but wonder if that’s what they had planned all along.
∙ Presidio Main Post Update – February 2009 Plan [presidio.gov]
∙ Just Released: Revised Plans for the Presidio Main Post [sfcitizen]
∙ JustQuotes: Presidio Plans, Proposals, And Preservationist Protests [SocketSite]