Foundry Square

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Foundry Square
FoundrySquare13.jpg
Foundry II building with historic industrial building incorporated into modern design
Foundry Square is located in San Francisco
Foundry Square
Foundry Square
Foundry Square is located in California
Foundry Square
Foundry Square
Foundry Square is located in the US
Foundry Square
Foundry Square
Location within San Francisco
General information
Type mixed-use
Location 400-500 Howard Street
Town or city San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′19″N 122°23′46″W / 37.78854°N 122.39602°W / 37.78854; -122.39602Coordinates: 37°47′19″N 122°23′46″W / 37.78854°N 122.39602°W / 37.78854; -122.39602
Technical details
Size 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2)
Floor count 10
Design and construction
Architecture firm STUDIOS Architecture, Jim Jennings Architecture, Page & Turnbull, Webcor Builders, and landscape architect SWA Group
Developer Wilson Equity Office (now Wilson Meany)

Foundry Square is a complex of four architecturally-linked, 10-story mid-rise buildings located at Howard and First Streets near the Transbay Transit Center in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, California.[1] Each of the four buildings stands on a different corner of the street.[2]

Each building is a mixed-use structure. The four structures combined provide a total interior area of 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). 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.[3]

The project's first phase, Foundry Square II (405 Howard Street) and Foundry Square IV (500 Howard Street), was completed in 2003. 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.[4] Foundry Square III was completed in April 2014.[5]

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),[6] tree bosques, ground-floor cafes, and over-scaled pots. The project earned SWA Group the ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award in 2006.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Glenborough's Foundry Square I Opens Doors in San Francisco Financial District". Market Wire (Press release). May 28, 2008. 
  2. ^ Testado, Justine (September 3, 2013). "Quadratic super-plaza Foundry Square near completion". Archinect. 
  3. ^ Foundry Square at Emporis
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Foundry Square III". Webcor Builders. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Alsa 2006 Professional Awards". 

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