When the Warriors elected to move their planned stadium to Mission Bay, they also made the decision to build a two-building office complex around the stadium. Now, renderings for those buildings—designed by Pfau Long Architecture and AE3 Partners—have been revealed, and they include plans to enliven the neighborhood with two stories of retail space and a public plaza on the west side of the arena. Jesse Blout from Strada Investment Group, the development consultant for the project, told the San Francisco Business Times that there is an "opportunity to be a town center for this part of the southeast part of the city."
The latest plans for the arena itself, of course, were revealed last December and include 3.2 acres of plazas and public space and a five-and-a-half acre waterfront park. The arena, designed by Manica Architecture with involvement from Snøhetta, sits on the eastern side of the 11-acre site, near the waterfront. The office buildings would sit further back on the west side. The designs include glassy facades tempered by curved edges and wood-composite panels.
The offices get priority under Proposition M, the San Francisco law that caps the amount of new office space built each year, but they must still be approved by Planning and the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure. As a first step, the Warriors presented the designs last night to the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee. If approved, they will sit next to the new Uber campus that will open in 2017. If everything goes according to plan, the Warriors complex will open shortly after, breaking ground this fall and opening in time for the 2018-19 NBA season.
· How the Warriors' Office and Retail Project Is Set to Enliven Mission Bay [SF Business Times]
· New Designs for Warriors Arena Would Like You to Forget That Whole Toilet Debacle [Curbed SF]
· Previous Coverage of the Warriors Arena [Curbed SF]