San Francisco’s 2012 Transit Center District Plan is the context of a proposal for a mixed-use tower planned for a small SoMa site one block from the new transportation hub that anticipated 20 million users annually (figs. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8). The dotcom start-up boom accelerated the district’s transformation, taking advantage of rezoning that allowed commercial and office towers to densify what was a low-rise neighborhood. Post pandemic, twenty-five percent of downtown office space is vacant, estimated to be the highest rate in the nation.
With plans of mixed-use development for the site abandoned, attention refocused on one part of the initial project – a fog harvesting armature. This is R&D work in progress.
San Francisco, USA
Mixed-use addition with public access rooftop
systems and materials:
Steel, concrete, glass
Lindy Roy with Megan Murdock, Michelle Tse and Openshop
High Line 519, West Street Tower, Cairnhill Circle Towers, Canopy Tower