The ground floor plan and lobby for the proposed 550-foot office tower to rise on Transbay Block 5 at the corner of Howard and Beale have been completely redesigned by the building’s architects (Goettsch Partners and SCB) to make “a more positive contribution to the public realm” and “a stronger connection to its block and adjacent properties.”

Enabling the redesign, the elimination of the little Art Deco structure on the corner (see gallery above) which currently shelters a “What’s up Dog!” cart and sits upon a little parcel which is owned by 301 Howard across the street, a parcel which the developers of the Block 5 tower have successfully negotiated to acquire and plan to incorporate into a 5,250 square-foot “public plaza” and sheltered open space at the base of the new development.

In addition public open space and a triple-height lobby, the ground floor plan includes two retail spaces which will front Howard and Beale.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by enzo

    The rendering seems to be missing a column…?

    • Posted by foggydunes

      Haha, true. Maybe they removed it to emphasize the Transbay Terminal

    • Posted by anotherSF

      It’s also not drawn on the line drawing on the other post.

      • Posted by Sierrajeff

        That is weird. Either the perspective on this (and the other SocketSite post) is screwy, or one of them is just plain wrong.

    • Posted by TBK

      It’s called a cantilever.

      • Posted by enzo

        What is that, a German thing?

  2. Posted by anotherSF

    What’s the Natoma St Extension proposition? Is there a link to their proposal?

  3. Posted by Sierrajeff

    They should move the What Up Dog to the park.

    • Posted by Orland

      That may be what the small square structure in the map above represents.

Comments are closed.

Recent Articles