The revitalization of Mission Bay, a 315-acre mixed-use district of abandoned train yards and old warehouses, has generated greatly needed commercial and residential space along the eastern edge of downtown San Francisco. Developer, Catellus Corporation, selected STUDIOS to participate in the conceptual design of the first super-block of office buildings. As one of the first buildings to be constructed in the emerging area, a primary directive for this project was to establish a design language for the future development of Mission Bay.
STUDIOS designed the structure to appear as two distinct buildings: a six-story rectangular wing reinforces the urban street wall while the curved five-story “annex” forms a gateway into the inner-block courtyard, establishing a campus-like environment. The stepped volumes help to preserve open space views and regenerate a pedestrian scale at the street level and the interior shared courtyards of neighboring structures. The building’s glass and exposed concrete façade recalls the look of the industrial warehouses that historically populated this area.