The plans for the proposed Oak Plaza to be constructed at the intersection of Market and Van Ness, at the base of the proposed 310-unit One Oak tower to rise up to 400 feet in height, have been substantially redesigned for the third time.
As originally designed by Snøhetta, the proposed plaza included a forest inspired canopy and a functional amphitheater enclosure with terraced seating above the escalator and stairs to MUNI which were to be relocated from along Market Street but connected to the existing platform below.
Last year, the proposed Oak Plaza canopy was redesigned, the amphitheater enclosure was abandoned along with the proposed relocation of the existing MUNI stairs along Market Street, and the Muni elevator was moved across the Street to the base of One South Van Ness Avenue.
And now, the MUNI elevator is back to where it currently sits but without the fancy enclosure, the wind canopies have been redesigned as pergola-like structures with perforated metal blades, and the continuation of Oak Street as a shared public way has been widened, as has the sidewalk on the north side of Oak.
Speaking of the north side of Oak Street, the re-refined plans include 90-square-foot retail kiosks to be set within four of the seven recessed archways along the southern façade of 25 Van Ness Avenue, kiosks which are intended to activate the proposed Oak Plaza with a flower stand, coffee stand and/or the like.
And on a related note, the proposed number of underground parking spaces for the One Oak tower has been reduced from 155 to 136.