MVRDV unveil geologically-inspired design

17 October 2019
  • Binyan Studios

San Francisco, CA

United States

Top architects work together for Mission Rock development

MVRDV has unveiled the design for a 23-storey mixed-use building in Mission Rock, San Francisco. Realized as part a masterplan developed by the San Francisco Giants baseball team and Tishman Speyer, the building is one of four designed simultaneously in a unique collaboration that also included Studio Gang, Henning Larsen, and WORKac. The team of world-renowned architects were recruited to develop an “anti-master-plan master plan”, where each building would have its own distinct look and feel, while complementing each other and the surrounding environment.

Building A, Designed by MVRDV with Associate Architect Perry Architects, is inspired by San Francisco’s rigid grid system juxtaposed with its distinctive hills. The concept echoes Californian rock formations, with a narrow valley running between steep walls that extend up the tower’s façade. The building has 23 storeys, together with a partial basement which will house the on-site bike parking and supporting space for the District Energy System. The rooftop will house amenity spaces, giving residents the opportunity to engage with the park below and enjoy unobstructed views of the water and bay bridge.

The development is the culmination of planning and community input over 12 years to turn 28 acres of asphalt and a windswept parking lot into a new neighbourhood and community gathering point for the city's residents and visitors. When commenting on the unusual design process, the Mission Rock development team issued a statement saying: “It is a rare opportunity to collaborate with world-class architects as a team from the very onset of a project to create more than just eye-catching architecture, but also to push the design and development principles to construct a welcoming community for all.”

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

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