Swinerton crews have topped off The Canyon, the tallest residential tower in San Francisco to reach the milestone in 2022. The Canyon is a 23-story residential tower rising on Parcel A in the Mission Rock development along the Mission Bay waterfront. The master plan by Mission Rock Partners, a joint venture between the San Francisco Giants and Tishman Speyer, is replacing 28 acres of former surface parking with over a thousand units of housing, offices, retail, and new public parks.
Along with being topped out, facade installation has reached the halfway point, showcasing the design by the Netherlands-based MVRDV. The design is inspired by the confluence of San Francisco’s rigid urban grid system and the bold natural geography across the region. The narrow canyon winds through the building between the primary tower and a northeast annex, which will have a separate lobby while still giving residents access to the communal amenities on the second and sixth floors. The open space will feature lush landscaping while connecting residents and the public to the ‘handshake plaza’ by 3rd Street Bridge and the China Basin Park.
Facade materials will include glass fiber reinforced concrete prefabricated panels, concrete tiles, wood seating, steel, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The glass fiber reinforced concrete panels manufactured by Clark Pacific will be texturized with an uneven surface to evoke the aesthetic of a rocky exterior.
The 258-foot tall structure contains 376,000 square feet, with 221,140 square feet for residential use, 49,290 square feet for offices, 14,950 square feet for retail, and 4,180 square feet for amenities. Parking will be included for 311 bicycles on site.
The project will create 283 new rental apartments, of which 102 will be below-market-rate units, i.e., affordable housing. Unit sizes will vary with many sized for family households. Residential amenities will include a fitness center, sauna, community room, and an open-air kitchen on the roof of the Annex building.
Construction on The Canyon, Visa’s new Global Headquarters in Parcel G, the Life Sciences building designed by WORKac on Parcel B, and China Basin Park will likely finish in 2023. Groundbreaking has recently begun this year on Building F, the similarly-tall 255-unit residential tower. Parcel B will be the second showcase tower by Studio Gang, best known for MIRA, the recently-completed apartment building with flowing Bay Windows.
At full build-out, Mission Rock is expecting to create 1,200 rental homes, of which 40% will be affordable for low- and middle-income households. Along with housing, the buildings will contain 1.4 million square feet of offices, 200,000 square feet of retail, and 212,000 square feet in Pier 48. Parks and open space will span eight acres, with five from China Basin Park, 1.3 acres in Mission Rock Square, and 2.7 acres to produce the central connection to the Bay Trail.
See our previous coverage from a site visit last month for more information about the overall plans.