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Warriors Arena Redesigned, Enough To Quell The Toilet Snark?

Warriors Arena Redesigned, Enough To Quell The Toilet Snark?

It hasn’t yet been officially released nor distributed, but the conceptual design for the Golden State Warriors proposed arena to rise in Mission Bay has been revised, perhaps in part to flush the snarky commentary the earlier plan evoked. The most noticeable change to design, as newly outlined above, is along the northeast corner of the Read More »

550-Foot Block 5 Tower And Terraces In Context

550-Foot Block 5 Tower And Terraces In Context

As we first revealed last week, the designs for the proposed 550-foot office tower to rise on the northeast corner of Howard and Beale, also known as Transbay Block 5, have been revised and now include a series of large terraces on both the northwest and southeast corners of the building. And we now have Read More »

Three Months Later And Flipped For $2.4 Million More

Three Months Later And Flipped For $2.4 Million More

Purchased as a three-unit building for $2.6 million three months ago and quickly remodeled as a “lavish” single-family home with gold fixtures, marble countertops and a La Cornue range in the kitchen; an outdoor living room complete with a television mounted over the new gas fireplace out back; and an “opulent” master bath with a Read More »

New Details And Timing For Twisty 400-Foot Tower

New Details And Timing For Twisty 400-Foot Tower

Tishman Speyer is pushing forward with their plans to build a modern 400-foot residential tower designed by architect Jeanne Gang on the northwest corner of Folsom and Spear Street (a.k.a 100 Folsom Street or Transbay Block 1). In addition to the 40-story tower with “migrating bay” windows which would be offset on each floor and Read More »

Swedish American Hall Should Be A Landmark, Ja?

Swedish American Hall Should Be A Landmark, Ja?

Designed by Swedish-born master architect August Nordin and built in 1907, the Swedish American Hall at 2168 Market Street is on its way to becoming an official San Francisco landmark. From the Planning Department’s Draft Landmark Designation report for the building, the renovation of which is nearing completion and includes a new Basque-inspired restaurant (“Aatxe”) Read More »

A High Tech Home Hidden Behind A Classic Façade

A High Tech Home Hidden Behind A Classic Façade

Purchased as a two-unit building for $1,350,000 two years ago, the “stunning rebuilt Pacific Heights residence” at 3083 California Street has just returned to the market listed as a “Modern/High Tech” single-family home for $4,895,000. The 4,658-square-foot home’s listed four bedrooms include the new “media room/guest bedroom” with a “wet-bar” on the lower level. The Read More »

West SoMa Development Watch: 99 Rausch Refined

West SoMa Development Watch: 99 Rausch Refined

The cement plaster lattice which was originally intended to frame a phantom sixth floor on the corner of the proposed building to rise at Folsom and Rausch has been removed from the project’s final design, but otherwise the architecture for the development dubbed 99 Rausch remains fundamentally the same and is slated to be approved Read More »

Redesigned To Blow You Away, But Hopefully Not Off A Balcony

Redesigned To Blow You Away, But Hopefully Not Off A Balcony

As you might have guessed, it’s not only the ground floor of the proposed Transbay Block 5 office tower to rise on the northeast corner of Howard and Beale which has been refined and redesigned, but the entire 550-foot building. Large outdoor terraces still step-up the side of the tower, a central element of the design Read More »

New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm

New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm

The ground floor plan and lobby for the proposed 550-foot office tower to rise on Transbay Block 5 at the corner of Howard and Beale have been completely redesigned by the building’s architects (Goettsch Partners and SCB) to make “a more positive contribution to the public realm” and “a stronger connection to its block and adjacent properties.” Read More »

New Designs And Timing For Big Mission Bay Hotel

New Designs And Timing For Big Mission Bay Hotel

The designs for the 250-room SoMa Mission Bay Hotel to rise on the northwest corner of Third and Channel Streets have been refined and the developer is now planning to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2015. The project includes a 40-foot podium that defines the street edge along Third and Channel Streets…and a Read More »

A Master Bathroom Suite That Lives Up To Its Billing

A Master Bathroom Suite That Lives Up To Its Billing

According to architect Mark English, the design of the bathroom suite on the third level of the Glen Park home at 42 Chenery is all about “the bathing experience as an integral part of the private world of the bedroom,” enabling desires of “comfort, sensuality, theater and beauty” and inspiring contemplation.  Check. Technically a five-bedroom condo Read More »

New Designs For Dogpatch Development Along Third

New Designs For Dogpatch Development Along Third

Built in 1917, the former bank building which last housed ProCamera on the northwest corner of Third and 20th Streets is slated to be razed to make way for a six-story building with around 70 apartments over parking for 49 cars and 1,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Purchased by Portland-based Read More »

18-Story Downtown Berkeley Development Back On Track

18-Story Downtown Berkeley Development Back On Track

With Berkeley’s Measure R having been soundly defeated at the ballot box, a measure which would have required tall buildings to have met higher environmental building standards (LEED Platinum versus LEED Gold as is currently required), the plans for the proposed 18-story “Residences at Berkeley Plaza” development to rise behind the Shattuck Hotel are back Read More »

Commonwealth Club’s Embarcadero Plan Challenged

Commonwealth Club’s Embarcadero Plan Challenged

The Commonwealth Club’s proposed renovation and expansion of the vacant two-story building adjacent to the Audiffred Building (aka “Boulevard”) was only a few days away from being permitted when the Rincon Point Neighbors Association requested a hearing to challenge the plan. From the hearing request: “This building is one of the most historic in San Read More »

Oh Laidley Lay!

Oh Laidley Lay!

Designed by Michael Hennessey Architecture and built by Design Line Construction, the modern four-bedroom Glen Park home at 233 Laidley Street has just hit the market listed for $4.2 million. With functional walls of glass at either end, cross ventilation isn’t an issue.  And the views are rather sublime. On the main floor, a wall Read More »