Foundry Square

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Foundry II building with historic industrial building incorporated into modern design

Coordinates: 37°47′19″N 122°23′46″W / 37.78854°N 122.39602°W / 37.78854; -122.39602

Foundry Square is a complex of four architecturally-linked, 10-story mid-rise buildings located at Howard and First Streets near the Transbay Terminal in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, California.[1] Each of the four buildings stands on a different corner of the street.

The project's first phase, Foundry Square II (405 Howard Street) and Foundry Square IV (500 Howard Street), was completed in 2003. Each building is a mixed-use structure. The total interior area is 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2). The design team included STUDIOS Architecture, Jim Jennings Architecture, Page & Turnbull, Webcor Builders, and landscape architect SWA Group. The developer was Wilson Equity Office (now Wilson Meany Sullivan). The Glazing Contractor used on these buildings was AGA (Architectural Glass and Aluminum). Current tenants include the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, STUDIOS Architecture and the headquarters of Gymboree.[2]

The third building, Foundry Square I (400 Howard Street), was completed in 2007. In April 2012, Tishman Speyer acquired the entitlements to the final building, Foundry Square III (505 Howard Street), from Wilson Meany Sullivan, and broke ground later that year.[3] Foundry Square III is expected to be completed by the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014.

A unique feature of the site was SWA Group's concept for using each of the 1,000 square feet (93 m2) contained within Foundry Square's four open corners to form a larger, unified public square. Each building's 200-foot (61 m) dual-glaze glass walls frame the square, establishing an arcade that defines the transition between interior building space and public exterior spaces. The four corners of the intersection are integrated by the use of public art and sculpture (such as Richard Deutsch's "Time Signature" stainless steel sculpture),[4] tree bosques, ground-floor cafes, and over-scaled pots. The project earned SWA Group the ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award in 2006.[5]


  1. ^ "Glenborough's Foundry Square I Opens Doors in San Francisco Financial District". Market Wire. 2008. 
  2. ^ "Foundry Square". 
  3. ^ Dineen, J.K. (2012-04-06). "Tishman Speyer to start Foundry Square III in S.F.'s South of Market". The San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  4. ^ Bennett, Richard. "At the Engineering Facility on the Stanford Campus, He Created an 'Axis' of Stone." Oakland Tribune. May 6, 2007; "Annual Guide '09." Art in America. New York: Brant Art Publications, 2009, p. 3; STUDIOS Architecture. Buildings: Innovation + Technology. Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia: Images Publishing, 2009, p. 90.
  5. ^ "Alsa 2006 Professional Awards". 

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