[Renderings courtesy of the Golden State Warriors. Click any image for a larger view] The Warriors just unveiled the design concept for the team's proposed San Francisco waterfront arena, designed by architectural team Snøhetta and AECOM. Snøhetta, as you may already know, is the firm responsible for the design of the SFMOMA expansion. The team hopes to build the arena in time for the 2017 season. Warriors President Rick Welts is beyond thrilled with the design, saying that the international starchitects responsible for the arena's good looks "have taken our vision and created something beyond what we could have expected." Facts we learn directly from the Warriors:
Venue footprint: 170,000 square feet. It will sit on the edge of Piers 30-32.
Venue Height: 135 feet, just a wee bit shorter than AT&T Park
Venue seating capacity: 17,500; 2,096 less than the Warriors current arena in Oakland
There will be 333,000 square feet of open space and 105,000 square feet of retail space. The Warriors are committed to no less than 50 percent of the site being dedicated to open space. There will also be a ferry landing, fire boat/fire station facility, water taxi landing, and kayak docking. The structure would be covered in glass, so folks inside the arena can take in the view of the Bay Bridge, which shouldn't come as a surprise (as it's a beautiful bridge) since Snøhetta's Craig Dykers has said that "the Bay Bridge is a spectacular thing, and the bridge should be a focal point in the design."
Tomorrow (Tuesday), the design will be shown to and judged by a citizens advisory committee, which is made up of residents and businesses that are close to the proposed site.
· San Francisco Warriors [official site]
· Warriors unveil design for proposed San Francisco arena [SF Business Times]
· Welcome Home, San Francisco Warriors [Curbed SF]
· Snøhetta Talks Arena Design [Curbed SF]
· We're Giddy With Excitement About the Latest Warriors Arena Development [Curbed SF]
· SFMOMA: The Shape of Things to Come, Part 2 [Curbed SF]
· Love Thy Neighbor [Curbed SF]