Oceanwide Center Building San Francisco, Downtown Towers by Norman Foster Architect

Oceanwide Center San Francisco Building, California

Transbay High-Rise Development, California, USA design by Foster + Partners Architects

Aug 16, 2017

Design: Foster + Partners Architects

Oceanwide Center San Francisco Building News

Situated in the rapidly changing Transbay Area of San Francisco, close to Market and the financial district, the two million square foot Oceanwide Center development comprises two high-rise towers, along with impressive new public spaces and important new pedestrian links through downtown.

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Together, the buildings provide 1.35 million square feet of office space and 650,000 square feet of residential units.

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Significant in urban and environmental terms, the development brings together places to live and work with the city’s most important new transport hub, further evolving a sustainable model of high density, mixed-use development that the practice has always promoted.

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The development forms part of a rezoning plan, which was put in place to encourage density around the Transbay Terminal, and the project represents the last mixed-use development of this scale in the area.

The 605-foot residential tower reflects the scale of San Francisco’s existing tall buildings and has frontage on First Street, while the 850-foot hotel, residential and office tower rises above it as a symbol of this new vertical city quarter – it will be the tallest residential project on the West Coast.

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The super-sized office floor plates are designed to allow tenants a high degree of flexibility, and their open layout is supported by an innovative orthogonal structural system developed for seismic stability. The point where the towers touch the ground is as important as their presence on the skyline.

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At ground level, the buildings are open, accessible and transparent – their base provides a new ‘urban room’ for the region, and the new pedestrian routes through the site will knit the new scheme with the urban grain of the city.

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Oceanwide Center San Francisco Building Design

The new two-towers landmark in San Francisco will have more than 1 million sq ft (around 95,000 sqm) of façade cladding engineered and produced by the Permasteelisa Group. Designed by Foster + Partners, the project is scheduled for completion in 2021.

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Vittorio Veneto, Italy – August 03 2017 – Permasteelisa Group has been awarded a major contract for the façades of the Oceanwide Center in downtown San Francisco. The overall duration of the project will be around 4 years, from the design phase all the way to the production and final installation; it will be carried out by Permasteelisa North America and by Josef Gartner in Germany and USA, with the support of the Italian Headquarters as well as other companies of the Group.

The new addition to San Francisco’s downtown is a mixed-used development located in the Transbay neighborhood, at the corner of First and Mission Streets. Designed by Foster + Partners, the new development by Oceanwide Holdings will comprise two high-rise towers and provide the city with 1 million square feet (around 93,000 sqm) of office space, 265 luxury residential units and a 171-key luxury hotel.

The taller tower, on First Street, will rise 910 ft (277 m) and is going to become the second tallest in the city of San Francisco. The 61-story building mixed-use residential and office tower will have a 730,000 sq ft (67,800 sqm) curtain wall which incorporates recessed, stainless steel diagrid cladding, floor-to-ceiling high performance glass, and a custom aluminum profile, for a total of 11,500 units.

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The façade will contribute to achieve the LEED Platinum rating for which the building has been designed.

Mission Street Tower Building

The second tower, on Mission Street, will rise 645 ft (197 m). This elegant 54-story mixed-use residential and hotel building will have 300,000 sq ft (approx. 28,000 sqm) of cladding by Josef Gartner, in a modern interpretation of the traditional bay window buildings. The tower is characterized by its natural stone cladding that features unique “glass vitrine” windows, and is designed to achieve the LEED Gold Rating.

“We are proud to be part of this amazing and ambitious project”, said Mr. Riccardo Mollo, Chief Executive Officer of Permasteelisa Group. “Its magnitude and advanced technical features make it almost impossible for anyone but for Permasteelisa”, adds Mr. Mollo, “and it’s another wonderful opportunity to work alongside with Foster + Partners on a very challenging and unique project just after the successful completion of the Apple Park in Cupertino.”

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Permasteelisa Group

Permasteelisa Group is a worldwide leading Contractor in engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems. The Group brings its Know-How and expertise to all projects, in particular when dealing with Special Features Buildings, beginning with the design development phases all the way to the successful completion, achieving the customer’s expectations.

Today, Permasteelisa is a global integrated Group present in four continents with a network of over 50 companies in more than 30 countries, generating a total turnover of around 1.5 billion euro a year. The Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide in its Engineering & Design centres and in the 10 manufacturing plants equipped with the most modern and advanced technologies.

The mission of the Permasteelisa Group is to design and build innovative and avant-garde architectural works alongside the world’s greatest in contemporary architecture, by using advanced technologies and eco-sustainable solutions. The quality of our architectural envelopes and interiors is guaranteed by our rigorous quality control system.

Besides, it’s constantly improved through R&D in new design and construction technologies and through the use of innovative materials. The use of environmentally friendly materials and eco-sustainable processes, as well as our commitment in energy saving, protect the environment and make the buildings themselves more comfortable and efficient.

Among Permasteelisa Group’s projects are some world-renowned contemporary architectural works, such as the Sydney Opera House (the first building to make extensive use of the curtain walls), the Eight Spruce Street (a.k.a. Beekman Tower) in NYC, The Shard and 20 Fenchurch Street in London, the revolutionary Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the extraordinary Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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