Front page Chron today: John King reports on the completed Transbay Transit Center plan, which has received a few simplifications to its design, but maintains the same glassy bulbiness we've come to know so well. More importantly, King writes that "it's a mark of today's slow economy" that the $1.189 billion budget, set in 2007, remains intact — and in fact now includes the
54 5.4-acre rooftop park, which was previously to be funded separately. But other things have been cut from the project. The park itself, designed by PWP Landscape Architecture, has lost the waterway along one edge, and the five skylights (a.k.a. "light columns") that penetrate the building have been cut down to three. Even the Transbay Tower, the thousand-foot high-rise that's supposed to help fund the self-improvement project, is in some doubt: as developer Hines continues negotiations on the land sale and the city continues to figure out the zoning, "the new design treats the building's planned footprint as a plaza filled with a grid of potted trees." Ouch — kind of makes you wonder if the funicular's going to make it too.
Update: Steelblue LLC, the visualization firm behind all things Transbay Transit Center, has a couple new high-res images of the project — probably the most photorealistic yet. Check that glass skin!
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· Transbay Transit Center & Funicular Extravaganza [Curbed SF]