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Old June 7th, 2013, 11:04 AM   #1
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SAN FRANCISCO | One Van Ness | 128m | 400ft | 37 ft | Pro



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What's Up With the Richard Meier Project at One Van Ness?



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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Designed by starchitect Richard Meier, the One Van Ness (or 1510-1540 Market Street) project was first proposed back in 2009 with environmental review finally getting underway in 2012. It's a massive mixed-use residential tower on a very prominent corner. Last we looked, it was under environmental review.

The proposed project right smack at the corner of Van Ness and Market would be a big one - a 400' residential tower with 180 dwelling units and 50 parking spaces, and one 65' building connected by pedestrian bridge at the third floor housing three ground-floor commercial spaces, Conservatory of Music space, and residential amenity uses. There'd also be work to spruce up Oak Street north of the site with decorative paving, benches and landscaping.



Things are moving at a glacial pace, but the project is under review at the Planning Department. Looks like it's already been scaled back a bit (initial proposals called for 435' height and 258 dwelling units). There were big concerns about wind speeds on the busy corner, and for a while wind effects were dictating creation of a design that would meet the wind requirements. It was a backwards approach, with a partner from Meier's office stating, "It may look horrible, but let's see if we can reverse the process and turn it into a building." Now the building is designed with articulated facades on lower levels that would allow wind to pass through open sections, and a wind screen structural feature on the Oak Street side. Since it's located right in the middle of a building boom area, there have to be some pretty comprehensive analyses on wind and shadow impacts - not only of this project, but also considering the other proposed projects cumulatively.

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Old June 11th, 2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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I can see why wind could be a problem with these open streets surrounding this tower. Some good wind tunnel testing should provide more information.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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Anybody have any idea what the deal is with the "exposed" part of the slit? I assume that will just be covered with regular plate glass, but is there any chance it wil actually be an open air space?
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Old June 12th, 2013, 07:43 PM   #4
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Anybody have any idea what the deal is with the "exposed" part of the slit? I assume that will just be covered with regular plate glass, but is there any chance it wil actually be an open air space?
My guess is that it's a texture break in the cladding ( a-la a Morphosis design ) that will be enclosed using a different material or shade of glass. When we get more detailed renders, we'll know more.
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Old June 14th, 2013, 04:28 AM   #5
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Nice! For so long, SF has had such a lame skyline composed of ugly boxes. It's getting some great towers now, however.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 06:39 AM   #6
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What's Up With the Richard Meier Project at One Van Ness?



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Any updates on the Richard Meier & Partners tower at 1 Van Ness? I have my fingers crossed that this one gets built, but one never knows in SF.
Designed by starchitect Richard Meier, the One Van Ness (or 1510-1540 Market Street) project was first proposed back in 2009 with environmental review finally getting underway in 2012. It's a massive mixed-use residential tower on a very prominent corner. Last we looked, it was under environmental review - so what's the status now?

Things are moving at a glacial pace, but the project is under review at the Planning Department. Looks like it's already been scaled back a bit (initial proposals called for 435' height and 258 dwelling units). There were big concerns about wind speeds on the busy corner, and for a while wind effects were dictating creation of a design that would meet the wind requirements. It was a backwards approach, with a partner from Meier's office stating, "It may look horrible, but let's see if we can reverse the process and turn it into a building." Now the building is designed with articulated facades on lower levels that would allow wind to pass through open sections, and a wind screen structural feature on the Oak Street side. Since it's located right in the middle of a building boom area, there have to be some pretty comprehensive analyses on wind and shadow impacts - not only of this project, but also considering the other proposed projects cumulatively.



So to answer our reader's request for updates...there aren't too many to report. But the project is definitely working its way through environmental review and hasn't fallen off the radar yet.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 05:22 AM   #7
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At One Van Ness, Richard Meier Is Out and Sn°hetta Is In
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, by Lamar Anderson



For the past five years, San Francisco has been the near-recipient of a starchitect-designed tower at One Van Ness, Richard Meier's proposed residential high-rise at the corner of Market Street. Last we checked in, those plans were caught up in environmental review, and in the meantime developer David Choo sold the property to Build Inc. and GTIS Partners of New York. John King reports that the change in ownership has triggered a change in architect: Build Inc. is bringing on Sn°hetta (of SFMOMA and Warriors fame), along with SCB, to draft a design for a new 400-foot tower.

. . . the main piece of news is that the developers want to move the Muni Metro stop on the west side of Van Ness one block up, to Oak Street. A more northerly entrance would anchor a new public plaza connecting to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The Chronicle also notes that the developers are under contract with the adjacent doughnut shop . . . . With the site seemingly sewn up and the prior developer's proposal already on file with the city, Build Inc. could get final approvals as soon as next fall for a brand-new, vowel-shifted ěne Van Ness.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 05:26 AM   #8
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Hmm...

Richard Meier seems to be getting the axe all over the place.
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The really good news here is . . . no more 60's-style 3-story donut shop on the intersection of the city's 2 widest streets (and busiest transit corridors). You can see it still there even in the earlier renderings of Meier's design. I do endorse a coffee and donut place on the ground floor of the new building though, for the sake of the many commuters (including myself) who use the Van Ness transit station.


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Old October 29th, 2014, 05:41 AM   #10
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The really good news here is . . . no more 60's-style 2-story donut shop on the intersection of the city's 2 widest streets (and busiest transit corridors). You can see it still there even in the earlier renderings of Meier's design. I do endorse a coffee and donut place on the ground floor of the new building though, for the sake of the many commuters (including myself) who use the Van Ness transit station.
I loved Meier's tower design but Sn°hetta ain't no slouch either so quality starchitecture appears imminent!
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Funny, I was just there the other day and wondering what was happening with it. I'm disappointed we'll be losing the Meier design (which I loved, particularly for this site), but Sn°hetta are great... and quickly becoming an SF staple!
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I loved it too but I think it was too complicated with the idea of covering over part (or was it all) of Oak St (to mitigate wind issues) and so forth. If Sn°hetta can deal with the environmental situation in a more straightforward manner it should grease the review and approval process and dirt can start to fly.
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New Sn°hetta Design Revealed for Tower at Market, Van Ness



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For years, a striking Richard Meier-designed tower was planned for the currently underused corner of Market and Van Ness, but the project was plagued by troubles with ground-level winds. In late October developer Build Inc. announced that Meier had been replaced by Sn°hetta, the starchitect firm behind the SFMOMA expansion, and Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), architects of the One Rincon towers and 100 Van Ness. A new design has now been released for the prime site, as John King reports in the Chronicle, and it envisions a masonry and glass 37-story residential high-rise with wedge-shaped breaks in the facade that will lessen the wind effects and create communal spaces for residents. Along Oak Street a new public plaza would be covered by canopies that would also help to deflect the wind.

The canopies above the plaza would reach 20 to 30 feet into the air and create a new public space with room for performances by students at the nearby San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a new entrance to the Muni subway station. The design has also undergone a name change that reflects the new focus on Oak Street: its working name is now One Oak instead of One Van Ness.

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that rendering has some sketchy coloring and lighting effects... this could turn out to be beautiful or bleh. At least the shape is interesting.
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