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Foster wins go-ahead for San Francisco towers

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Foster + Partners has won planning for a mixed-use tower in San Francisco’s South of Market district 


The project, which forms part of the Transbay development plan, aims to increase density in the area with its two skyscrapers.

The 215,000m² development includes a 184m-tall tower containing apartments alongside a hotel and another 260m-tall office and residential tower.

New public spaces will also be created at the bottom of the skyscrapers where the buildings have been ‘lifted up’ by five-storeys. This space created, named the ‘urban room’ is crossed by pedestrian routes that act as an extension of the area’s historic streets.

Stefan Behling, senior executive partner, Foster + Partners, said: ‘This development will be the new exemplar of urban living with exciting places to live and work right alongside the central transport hub.

‘The new ‘urban room’ at ground level with pedestrian routes cutting across the site will catalyse the public realm in the neighbourhood, with shops, cafes and green spaces for residents and employees to enjoy. We look forward to the next stages of the project with great anticipation.’

The scheme is set to start on site in November.

Oceanwide Center by Foster + Partners

Oceanwide Center by Foster + Partners

Project data

Type of project mixed-use
Location San Francisco, USA
Architect Foster + Partners
Executive architect Heller Manus
Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson
Area 215,000m²

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