As we reported when we first revealed the design for the proposed 800-foot tower to rise at 550 Howard Street on Transbay Parcel F:
While recently refined by Pelli Clark Pelli, and San Francisco’s Planning Department is on the record as appreciating the solidity of the proposed tower design, according to Planning’s preliminary feedback to the project team: “As one of the four largest towers in the city, however, the Department recommends that the [tower’s] massing be more gently and iconically-shaped.”
And in the eyes of Planning, while the tower’s asymmetry and steps “might work as a formal strategy if repeated; as they only occur once within the most visible height of the tower, they seem episodic and less architecturally intentional.”
And as we noted yesterday, following the project team’s submission of its formal application to approve the development, which include a slightly refined design: “the project team…appears to have rejected the bulk of the Planning Department’s preliminary feedback.”
But alas, according to a spokesperson for the development, the design team is currently working “hand-in-hand with SF Planning on refinements to the design that will factor in their comments.” And if the refinements continue to be received as positively as they have been to date, the 550 Howard Street team “will be resubmitting a revised application with the modified designs by the summer.”
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.