The development of the sprawling Mission Rock project started by Studio Gang

The fourth and final component of Phase One of Mission Rock in San Francisco, a new mixed-use waterfront area rising on 28 acres of land near Oracle Field that was once home to a monster in a parking lot, is now officially in the works.

As announced last week by the Mission Rock Partners development team (a collaboration between San Francisco Giants and Tishman Speyer), construction on Parcel F, a 23-story residential tower clad in glazed ceramic tiles and topped with a biodiversity-supportive “sky garden,” is in progress. Officially now.The high-rise apartment building designed by Studio Gang joins three other projects anchoring the area that are currently in various states of progress: MVRDV’s The Canyon, a recently launched mixed-use residential/office tower; a geological formation-inspired office building designed by Henning Larsen to serve as Visa’s new global headquarters; and a 300,000-square-foot commercial/life sciences building, Block B, designed by WORKac. Construction is continuing on the last two projects, which will share 55,000 square feet of dining and retail space in between.

As for the 315,000 sq ft Parcel F in Studio Gang, it will feature 254 rental apartments (97 destined for below market price) along with 25,000 sq ft of co-working space and a few shops and cafes at street level.

View of Part F of the China Basin Garden designed by SCAPE. (Studio Gang)

As I mentioned before ANthe burgeoning San Francisco neighborhood — the result of a public-private partnership between the giants, Tishman Spire and the Port of San Francisco, and guided by what has been described as a collaboration-driven “anti-master plan” — will also contain five acres of open green space in the shape of China Park. Basin Park located in SCAPE which is just steps away from Parcel F. What’s more, a series of recently announced public “Street Room” properties “will also provide interesting and resting points, resting and socializing places,” throughout Ground Neighborhood said Yennga Khuong, director of parks and programming with the San Francisco Giants.

As noted in a press release announcing the ground-breaking launch of Parcel F, Chicago-based Studio Gang has not only designed one of the condominium towers in Mission Rock, but has also “facilitated collaboration among the design architect group for the Phase 1 buildings.”

‘Parcel F is designed to work with neighboring buildings to create a welcoming and diverse neighborhood from day one – a place where people want to be and can comfortably get to know each other and spend time together. The base of the tower includes an array of storefronts and small street-level activities that give the building a scale human,” said studio founder Jang Gang in a statement. “We also carved into the plinth to create an inviting outdoor space with sunny, planted terraces and exposed seating, like a mesa, where residents can mingle, relax, and enjoy scenes of activity in the main public plaza below.”

View from Parcel F, looking out from its covered base with balcony. (Studio Gang)

Julian Pancoast, vice president of real estate development for the San Francisco Giants, added that Parcel F “is destined to become a central community hub and community gathering place for Mission Rock.”

In addition to the series of stepped terraces that wrap around the base of the building, a series of additional communal terraces appear on top of the tower in sections where the floor slabs are carved into the corners. The development team explained that “the terraces are designed and shaped to maximize sunlight and minimize wind, and feature great views of the surrounding city and bay, while continuing the ‘community topography’ that began in Mesa.” As previously mentioned, the building targeting LEED Gold will also be crowned with a lush rooftop garden that attracts wildlife and Mission Rock residents can “relax, socialize and enjoy the view.”

When fully completed, Mission Rock will bring 1,200 rental apartments (40 percent will be affordable for low- and middle-income families), eight acres of public parks and open space, up to 1.4 million square feet of “quality” office and lab space, and more 200,000 square feet of adjacent retail and local manufacturing space into this underused stretch of the San Francisco waterfront across from McCovey Cove. Mission Rock will also feature a large parking lot catering to Oracle Park and “other local needs” and include the rehabilitation of Pier 48, a former historic sea shed that is now used as a massive event space.

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