510 Townsend Street

2018 | San Francisco

  • 510 Townsend Street View along Townsend Street Photo: Tim Griffith
  • 510 Townsend Street Through-block pedestrian path. Photo: Tim Griffith
  • 510 Townsend Street Through-block pedestrian path. Photo: Tim Griffith
  • 510 Townsend Street Roof deck with views of downtown San Francisco. Photo: Tim Griffith
  • 510 Townsend Street Atrium/gathering space with winding stair. Photo: Tim Griffith
  • 510 Townsend Street Connecting stair. Photo: Tim Griffith
  • 510 Townsend Street View from I-280 freeway off-ramp. Photo: Tim Griffith
  • 510 Townsend Street Approach from I-280 freeway. Photo: Tim Griffith

The building’s massing, fenestration, punched windows, brick veneer facade, and other design elements pay tribute to the area’s early 20th century warehouses. The five and seven story building is stepped to respond to different height and bulk controlled districts, and includes a 20,000 sf roof deck with fantastic views of the city. The project also incorporates a through-block pedestrian path featuring a commissioned art piece. 

The new building’s large floor plates and high bays, as well as its location in the highly desirable South of Market neighborhood, make the project particularly attractive to tech companies; the owner has leased the entire building to a notable tech company. The building is located on a prominent site right off of the I-280 freeway.