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.

9 thoughts on “New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm”
      1. That is weird. Either the perspective on this (and the other SocketSite post) is screwy, or one of them is just plain wrong.

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