High above the proposed plaza to transform the intersection of Market and Van Ness, the “skylounge” on the 28th floor of the proposed One Oak tower would offer some rather spectacular views for the building’s residents and guests, as would the private balcony for the Grand Penthouse A on the building’s 39th floor.
And then there’s the landscaped terrace on the 13th floor, which would include 3 BBQ areas and a fireplace, with a 6-foot windscreen and canopy to protect it from the elements.
From the architects of the project, SCB (the tower) and Snohetta (the plaza below):
Seen as continuous zone, the entire ground floor and mezzanine have been designed to integrate the indoor and outdoor spaces through a series of design elements. The notion of shared/communal space is carried vertically through the building with amenity spaces for residents located at two additional levels; a large Amenity Terrace at the required 120’ setback level, and an iconic “Skylounge” at the 28th Floor with views down Market St.
The tower form has been shaped by wind mitigation efforts in addition to zoning requirements and a desire for an iconic sculptural, yet simple form. The focus of the tower is on the diagonal “cuts” at the base, amenity, and penthouse levels. These cuts are designed to reflect the residential character of the tower both in scale and materiality, with reference to the history of the Northern California residential vernacular, from Bernard Maybeck and the Arts and Crafts movement, to the wood structures at The Sea Ranch.
The body of the tower is meant to provide a quiet and elegant background “tapestry” with materiality reminiscent of older residential towers and the historic masonry buildings along both Market and Van Ness, particularly the adjacent 25 Van Ness building (a historic former Masonic Temple). The size and layout of the openings varies in relation to site factors (wind, sun, and views), interior layout and unit value, and formal requirements including a response to the tower shape and the “cuts.”
A tip of the hat to our tipster who delivered the renderings, and to the architects for their work.