August 6, 2010

Transbay Terminal Walking...Into The Sunset Tonight

At midnight tonight San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Terminal permanently closes its doors to the public and becomes an official hardhat zone in order to be razed and make way for the rise of San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center.

Transbay Center Revised Design

While most eyes are on the terminal, however, we turn our attention to the big patch of green rendered above where the building that once housed Varnish, the lofts in which Boom Dizzle (AKA Baron Davis) once lived, and Zebulon all currently stand.

All Aboard As San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal Nears Its Close [SocketSite]
Transbay Center Plans: Revised, Refined, And Unveiled Today [SocketSite]
As The Sun Sets Over San Francisco's Transbay Terminal... [SocketSite]
Boom Dizzle (AKA Baron Davis) Is In The His House (And SoMa) [SocketSite]

First Published: August 6, 2010 4:30 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Is it too late to bring back the SOM design?

Posted by: anonArch at August 6, 2010 4:55 PM

Well sheesh, I had heard that the Zebulon buildings were on the chopping block at least 5 years ago. But Toaster Oven and Osha Thai have moved in in that time, so I suppose it could still be a surprise for some reason. It'll sure be the end of an era when Gasser's and DV8 are razed.

Posted by: EH at August 6, 2010 4:57 PM

ah, yeaaaaa.. think it's a little late for SOM.

Great day for The City as we move forward with this awesome new terminal.

Posted by: noearch at August 6, 2010 5:13 PM

There is humbleness and timelessness I enjoy about the Pelli design. My initial vote was for SOM but I am totally content with the current approval and design. I'm sure the tower will be tweaked and modified as was the terminal. The future is bright.

Posted by: spitpalm at August 6, 2010 6:07 PM

The little buildings next to the big buildings looks fantastic

Posted by: gavinnewsom at August 6, 2010 6:11 PM

Progress!! Who'da thought it could happen in SF??

Posted by: Jimmy (No Longer Bitter) at August 8, 2010 8:33 AM

Wonderful new homeless camp! Can this city please respond to this out of control situation... perhaps give tents to all that will be arriving..

Posted by: Just me at August 8, 2010 12:33 PM

According to the sfgate commenters this seven-year "temporary" terminal has no bathrooms available to passengers. So it appears we'll have passengers peeing on the terminal instead of the homeless doing so. Or maybe in addition to, once it becomes understood that certain alcoves are de facto open-air toilets. Glad I don't live close by.

Posted by: Delancey at August 8, 2010 6:56 PM

Delancey, the bathrooms at the old terminal were fully occupied by homeless people and their things and not really used by passengers anyway. (I have used the men's room there a couple times but it's never a pleasant experience -- much better to go at the office before you leave.)

Posted by: Shza at August 9, 2010 10:04 AM

I walked by the other day and there is indeed an entire trailer dedicated to bathrooms for passengers.

Posted by: joe at August 9, 2010 10:26 AM

This time-lapse film clearly demonstrates my biggest concern about the new park; it's in the shade for most of the day. Won't it be a cold, dark, windy place much of the time? Why create a grand outdoor space, instead of the grand indoor space that SOM suggested?

I was in Union Station is DC last week. It's a bustling. busy place with shops, restaurants, and crowds of people marveling at the architecture. In short, close to what SOM suggested.

Posted by: jlasf at August 9, 2010 11:26 AM

^^^"it's in the shade for most of the day. Won't it be a cold, dark, windy place much of the time? "

Agreed! This future park could be one of the great urban planning failures of all time. I would much rather see an SOM or Washington DC style station.

Posted by: Anon94123 at August 9, 2010 3:06 PM

Yay! Another outdoor park to enjoy SF's perennial wind and chill! Oh but it's "green!"

Posted by: Fango1 at August 9, 2010 4:04 PM

"it's in the shade for most of the day. Won't it be a cold, dark, windy place much of the time? "

I'm not saying it won't be breezy there, but the time-lapse certainly doesn't start anywhere near sunrise. It's a complete guess, but I'd say the video starts around 2 PM.

Posted by: Dan Clark at August 10, 2010 12:06 AM

The time-lapse was shot on 3/2/2010 beginning at 3:02pm.

Posted by: Kim at August 10, 2010 7:07 AM

i will take green out door space with or with out sunshine over an indoor venue any day of the week, particularly in the center of a major metropolitan area. great design. i cannot think of a another city that has 5 acres of outdoor space on top of a building in a major urban area.

Posted by: 我不知道。。。啊 at August 12, 2010 6:25 AM

one more point, the green space has a south exposure with little blockage from the south, ie, tall buildings are on the north side. maybe whoever posted the video shot could show something that was contemporary, ie now vs march.

Posted by: 我不知道。。。啊 at August 12, 2010 6:42 AM

^^^"it's in the shade for most of the day.

No it isn't.

Posted by: realtormon at August 12, 2010 9:02 AM

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