New renderings have been revealed ahead of a planning commission hearing for a mixed-use mid-rise building at 490 Brannan Street in SoMa, San Francisco. The project would replace an existing commercial structure and surface parking a 185-foot tall building with offices, space for the arts, child-care, and retail. Strada Investment Group is behind the proposal after acquiring the property in 2015.
The 12-story building will yield 373,300 square feet, with 269,300 square feet for office use, 12,500 square feet for art-focused Production, Distribution and Repair area, 3,270 square feet for ground-level retail, and 5,390 square feet for a childcare facility. 15,930 square feet will be dedicated to the 24-car garage and six commercial loading spaces off Freelon Street. Parking will be included for 85 bicycles.
Aside from commercial engagement, the property will create 5,600 square feet of privately owned public space, i.e. POPOS. The area will be situated in an open-to-sky mid-block alley. Next to the POPOS, 2,250 square feet of outdoor open space will be dedicated to the childcare facility. Office amenities will include outdoor decks on the 6th and 10th floors with views across the city. Floorplates will range in size from 16,700 to 26,865 square feet.
Perkins&Will is responsible for the architecture. The design concept for the exterior is to juxtapose expressions of heavy and light weight. The contrast between stone and glass takes inspiration from basalt formations. The stone podium is topped with sky-reflecting curtainwall glass. The ‘basalt’ texture expresses solidity that grounds the podium, while the ‘sky’ portion offers a transparent volume blending in with the surroundings to mitigate perceptions of its scale on the building environment.
Planning applications show construction is estimated to last two years, with a date for groundbreaking has not yet been established.
The planning commission hearing is scheduled for September 9th at 1 PM. For more information about how to join and participate, visit the meeting agenda here.