Things are still looking up
Update: This map originally appeared on Curbed SF in 2017, but we’ve updated it for the new year.
San Francisco’s dense skyline is growing as the city anticipates the completion of some towers long under construction and the emerging profile of others underway.
To make the cut, a building must be eight or more stories when completed. Towers must have broken ground already or be on the verge of doing so within the next few months.
Here are the buildings poised to change the city’s skyline for good.
1 Exchange Place
This 19-story Heller Manus building on the edge of Chinatown sat in development limbo as an overgrown dirt lot for some 40 years. The name comes from the historic Mining Exchange Building on the site, much of it being absorbed and preserved as part of the rising Heller-Manus designed project.
Indeed, the entirety of the facade has been visible for some time and its neighboring 500 Pine Street building is complete (rooftop park and all), although a glance through the construction fence reveals there’s still considerable work to be done
Rendering courtesy of Heller-Manus
2 Park Tower
At over 600 feet, this ascending addition on Transbay Block 5 (designed by Goettsch Partners) means business. Which is to say, it will be nothing but offices from top to bottom, scheduled for complete in late 2018.
3 Oceanwide Center
When finished, Oceanwide Center will be Salesforce’s neighbor in both location and altitude, but right now the ambitious project—a merging of Chinese, British, and American interests—is still little more than a dream, a smile, and a pile of construction equipment.
4 Salesforce Tower
Although the city’s new most prominent feature is complete—insofar as the building is open and curious San Franciscans can now walk right in and have a look around—construction continues on the upper floors, where features like the titanic light display planned for the crown’s tower won’t be complete until at least the spring.
5 Folsom Bay Tower
This corkscrewing Studio Gang-designed spire fills in the last of the South Beach freeway parcels and will run up to 400 feet after scoring an upzoning in late 2015/early 2016 by playing to the Planning Commission with a populist bid for more housing to help renters and homebuyers. (Imagine that!)
This twist on the San Francisco skyline is still at least two years off from completion.
6 400 Folsom
This 55-story building, with a somewhat staggered profile, will inject over 500 new homes into San Francisco and the Yerba Buena neighborhood, albeit it most of them fantastically expensive. The Rem Koolhaas-designed project will not be finished for several more year.
7 33 Tehama
This 35-story, 380-foot, Arquitectonica-designed building is all but complete, but the leasing office tells Curbed SF that “finishing touches” are still in progress in the upper floors.
8 500 Folsom
This is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s big (that is to say, 43 floors and 440 feet) contribution to the new skyline, with its unmistakable shuffled exterior and rising crown. The developer says that the foundation pour used up 8,218 cubic yards of concrete, enough for about 32 miles of San Francisco sidewalk.
9 706 Mission
This 500 foot, 43-story tower with a rising profile near SFMOMA will be house San Francisco’s Mexico Museum on the ground floor, but for now it’s probably most notable for being the latest from Millennium Partners, the same developers behind the nearby Millennium Tower. The developers have made a point of noting that the foundations will go to bedrock.
10 CPMC Van Ness
The long and contentious development of the 12-story, 700,000-square-foot hospital suggests a lesson in optimism for those daunted by the hazards of building in San Francisco. Facilities should be in use by 2019.
11 505 Brannan
The future home of Pinterest (yet another Heller Manus building) is not right now a member of the high-rise club, slated only for six stories. But the developer has long planned to expand the project’s scale, hoping to one day climb closer to 20 stories with future additions, meaning that the building presently underway is actually a foundation.
12 Trinity Place
If it seems like this Market Street project will never be finished, that’s a misapprehension: It’s finished several times already, with many residents to boot. But the ambitious 1,900-unit, Arquitectonica-designed building has much to do before its full four-structure plan is complete.
So long has the scope of the project been that Trinity landlord Angelo Sangiacomo died before seeing its completion.
Also of note, the noted centerpiece to the public plaza: Venus, a nine-story steel statue the ties the units together.
13 150 Van Ness Ave
Upon completion, this 13-story building, located on a corner of what developers reckon will soon be a key intersection in San Francisco, will yield over 400 new homes. This time last year it was a mere hole in the ground, but since then it’s risen toward the sky with alarming rapidity.
14 The Exchange on 16th
Not to be confused with Exchange Place, this set of four interconnected buildings in Mission Bay saw its profile increased considerably last year when Dropbox signed a lease for 736,000 square feet, the entirety of the Exchange’s commercial space and the biggest lease in San Francisco history.