Our closeout of the year continues as we survey friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers to get a read on the highlights and lowlights of the last year of building and designing in San Francisco. We've already covered Neighborhood Breakups, Biggest Building Trends, Favorite Developments, 2013 in Three Words, and Building Trends You're Over. Now let's shift gears to Real Estate and Development Predictions for the coming year. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q: Best new building of 2014?
Brock Keeling, Editor-in-Chief at SFist: This Saitowitz residential building in Dogpatch. So jarring and jagged, I almost cut myself on it. For me, that's what San Francisco should look like moving forward.
Craig Scott, Founding Partner at IwamotoScott Architecture: Sadly, there are none in the Bay Area from the last few years that stand up to the best new buildings completed elsewhere recently.
Catherine Kwong, Principal of Catherine Kwong Design: The new SFJAZZ Center. It's sleek and cutting-edge, but still blends in nicely with its existing surrounding buildings.
Allison Arieff, architecture and design writer: It is a great disappointment that with all this new construction there doesn't seem to be a corresponding amount of great architecture. The best built structure is the Mark diSuvero installation at Crissy Field--I love it.
Kearstin Krehbiel, Executive Director at San Francisco Beautiful: There are so many to choose from! The new Transbay Terminal and the MOMA extension are grand, but St. Anthony's is my darling.
Margie O'Driscoll, Executive Director at AIA San Francisco: SF Jazz by Mark Cavagnero, FAIA. What a gift to the City!!!
Erin Feher, Editor-in-Chief at California Home + Design: Aether in Hayes valley. So smart, small and sexy--qualities lacking in so much of the other new construction.
Frank Nolan, Development Sales Director at Vanguard: Transbay (at the least the renderings).