Foster + Partners, led by starchitect Norman Foster, along with local firm Heller Manus have been chosen as the architects on a 2 million square foot mixed-use development at First and Mission. Foster + Partners has been active in the Bay Area lately with Apple's upcoming spaceship campus and the Union Square Apple store, but this will be the firm's first residential and mixed-used project in San Francisco. The site, which is next to the upcoming Transbay Transit Center, will include two towers with 1.35 million square feet of office/commercial space and 650,000 square feet of residential units. A solely residential tower will rise to 605 feet, while the second 850-foot tower will include hotel, office and residential space and stand taller than any other residential tower on the West Coast.
Norman Foster spoke about about the project's importance and how it will link into the city. "The First and Mission towers are incredibly exciting in urban and environmental term - bringing together places to live and work with the city's most important transport hub," he said. "The project further evolves a sustainable model of high density, mixed-used development that we have always promoted." He also talked about plans for the project: the buildings will be open and accessible at ground-level, and there will be new pedestrian routes through the site. Developers TMG Partners and real estate investment firm Northwood Investors LLC are developing the project and announced the choice of architect. This is the second starchitect picked for the Transbay in as many weeks, with Rem Koolhaas just selected for a 550-foot tower at Block 8.
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