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Urban Living Room Will Surround Transbay Block 8 Tower

Plans for Transbay Block 8 are anchored by a gleaming new 550-foot tower from starchitect Rem Koolhaas's firm OMA, but the the space surrounding the tower is also taking shape and the renderings are stunning. The block is designed to be open to the public, with a mid-block passage between Folsom and Clementina streets that opens up to what Fougeron Architecture, the local firm responsible for the site's podium and mid-rise buildings, is calling an urban living room. The space will be lined by retail shops on the Folsom Street side and could transform into an outdoor cinema under "twinkling Tivoli lights" or a farmer's market with pop up stalls. Fougeron's plans for the block will be built around the OMA-designed tower, which will house 740 units. The entire plot of land takes up 42,625 square feet and was purchased by developer Related California for $72 million back in March. Whole Foods has potentially expressed interest in putting a 20,000 foot grocery store in the tower's basement.

· Transbay Block 8 [Fougeron Architecture]
· Rem Koolhaas Will Design 550-Foot Tower at Transbay Block 8 [Curbed SF]
· Whole Foods interested in Transbay Redevelopment's Block 8 [Barbary Coast News]