Construction has started for Phase One of the Mission Rock development in Mission Bay, San Francisco. The land has been graded with foundations for the road network already visible and the steel superstructure for The Canyon on Parcel A rising over 3rd Street. Phase One includes two residential buildings, two offices, and the waterfront China Basin Park. Tishman Speyer is responsible for the development in partnership with the city’s major league baseball team, The Giants, and the Port of San Francisco.
The Canyon is a residential tower, with design by MVRDV in partnership with Perry Architects. The glass fiber reinforced concrete facade reflects San Francisco’s rigid grid and daring natural topography. Getting into the details, the Rotterdam-based firm explains the inspiration, writing that the “concept design for Building A was inspired by Californian rock formations, with a narrow valley running between steep rocky walls that extend all the way up the tower western façade.”
Located on Parcel A, the structure has started to rise to a 258-foot pinnacle, with 103 low-income housing units and 179 market-rate units. The project includes parking for 312 bicycles. Of the 282 apartments, there will be 17 studios, 144 one-bedrooms, 109 two-bedrooms, and 12 three-bedroom units.
The 24-story building will yield a combined 375,000 square feet, with 221,140 square feet of residential space, 15,950 square feet for ground-level retail, 49,290 square feet for offices, and 14,150 square feet of open space.
The landscape program is created by GLS Landscape/Architecture. Structural engineering is by Magnusson Klemencic Associates.
At full build-out, the development will redefine the 28-acre plot of land that has long been surface parking for the last two decades. There will be 2.7-2.8 million square feet for commercial office and retail use, 1,200 new rental homes, of which roughly 40% will be affordable for low and middle-income households. Eight acres of new park and open space and historic rehabilitation of Pier 48 will enhance the public’s area and become an attractive amenity for prospective residents.
Construction started a few months ago for Phase One. Developers removed a portion of the surface parking in 2020. Along with The Canyon, three other structures will soon start to rise on parcels B, F, and G. There will be a combined 537 residential units, of which 199 will be sold as affordable housing.
Parcel B by WORKac is an eight-story office building that is expected to host a biotech company. The architects collaborated with Y.A. Studio and Adamson Associate Architects. Breakthrough Properties will assist with the life science real estate.
Parcel G is another office tower designed by Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects, also in partnership with YA Studio and Adamson Associate Architects. It has been fully leased to Visa as their new global headquarters.
Parcel F is to be a residential tower by Studio Gang. The 240-foot structure will create 310,000 square feet to contain 255 units.
The waterfront promenade, called the China Basin Park, is designed by SCAPE in partnership with Miller Company and Min Design. The urban landscape will look across McCovey Cove towards the Giant’s Oracle Stadium.
Follow twelve years of planning, construction is targeted to complete phases one through four by 2026 if performed quickly. Phase one is expected to open between 2022 and 2023.