As far as we’re concerned, it’s simply too soon to judge. And of course, it’s too soon to know. But a reader puts it quite well, “Is One Rincon the Fontana Building, or the Transamerica Pyramid, of the first decade of the 21st Century?”
The Fontana Building has been derided ever since it was built, and time has not healed those wounds. It changed what people thought of new development, particularly in existing neighborhoods.
The Transamerica Pyramid on the other hand, was equally derided for aesthetics, and was part of the dreaded “manhattanization” of SF that led to an annual cap on development imposed in the 80’s. Yet, over time, the Pyramid became an icon of SF, and is extremely popular today.
Frankly, I’m not sure which one Rincon is. I loathe its design, and to me it is way too bulky to be the “slender tower” that the Rincon Hill plan promised. It learned so few lessons from Vancouver that it makes a mockery of the ideas that are supposedly behind the Rincon Hill plan. It is so tall, so big, so omnipresent, and so damn close to the bridge that it cannot be avoided in the viewscape. But, I have to admit, part of me thrills when I round a corner somewhere in the city, and suddenly there it is.
Our reader also ads, “…of course I don’t have an answer, but SocketSite readers are sure to have an opinion.” And at the very least, on that we can likely all agree.