About the Foundry Square Development
Developer/Owner: Tishman Speyer, Wilson Meany Sullivan
Architect: STUDIOS Architecture
Location: San Francisco, California
Why the Foundry Square Development?
Foundry Square—a 1.6 million square foot, multi-block urban development in San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center District—breaks ground architecturally and functionally, revitalizes an area that has historically lacked character and pedestrian street life, and takes its place as a major component of the neighborhood’s renaissance. Three of the four buildings have been completed; construction documents have been finalized for the fourth. Each building features an entry plaza facing out onto a common intersection, thereby creating a joint 200’ by 200’ public open space and enriching the surrounding neighborhood which has long endured heavy commuter traffic. The facades of each entry plaza are clad with double glass cavity walls that create a crystalline glass box encircling the landscaped plazas and intersection. The scale of the space draws the eye upward and unites the open spaces into a single monumental volume, adding street-life, urbanity and visual interest to one of the city’s major points of entry/egress.
Each building is clad at the street lines with different, richly colored stone and large punched window openings that pay tribute to the neighborhood’s many loft spaces. North oriented facades are clad in a taut glass curtain wall. Eighth-floor setbacks create landscaped roof terraces with dramatic city views. The undulating roofs enclose mechanical equipment, provide high bay space at the top floor and introduce a distinctive sightline within the cityscape. The architect’s use of sustainable design techniques—such as the double-wall/air cavity curtain-wall system facing the plazas and self-shading elements in the building skin—earned Foundry Square a commendation for innovative architecture and sustainability from the San Francisco mayor’s office. The development was the first speculative project in the Western United States to use full under-floor HVAC and telecom/data systems; the 100-foot-high ventilated glass cavity walls are the first known application of this technology in the US. Upon completion, Building 3 is slated to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
The Foundry Square Development incorporates…
- Revitalization of Urban Area-the project revitalized an area that historically lacked character & pedestrian street life.
- Sustainable & Innovative Technologies- its features are among the first in new technologies in US commercial high rise
- Design Excellence- The project creates a unique skyline for the downtown area while the varying sizes & floor plate configurations allow for a variety of user requirements. The project has been published extensively.
- Public Open Space-The project creates the largest public open space for several blocks & calms the effect of traffic