SFGate.com is reporting that this building, proposed by developer Hines and architects Pelli, Clarke, Pelli is the currently the leading contender among 3 proposed projects, according to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. It seems that the developers’ $350million offer for the land – $200 million more than other entrants – is key.
I like the look and feel of the Skidmore Owings & Merrill offering, but it, apparently, is 3rd on Transbay JPA’s list. The number 2 project didn’t really capture my imagination. You can offer your opinion, by the way, at this site. The Hines/Pelli building is all office space: the other 2 projects include condos and hotels, as well.
Which raises the question, how ultimately do communities make decisions about vast projects like this? We’ve already seen the huge debate New Yorkers went through trying to decide on the new World Trade Center, which stucture(s) were a foregone conclusion.
By contrast, the new Transbay Terminals will be the first ‘big town’ buildings for San Francisco: the Hines/Pelli building will be 350 feet taller than the Transamerica Pyramid, currently San Francisco’s tallest building, and flies in the face of all of S.F.’s ‘small neighborhood’ policy. It also exceeds the 30-story ‘Richter limit’ that is thought to be prudent in earthquake-prone places like San Francisco. All of these projects will take years to build… I’m still thinking about a condo in S.F., house in south of France as an option… photo courtesy Transbay JPA, Pelli Clarke, Pelli Architects, WRNS studio and Hines…