Emily Peckenham

A Look Into San Francisco's Downtown Secret Gardens

by , 03/30/12

San Francisco, Privately Owned Public Spaces, POPOS, 301 Mission, Park, Urban Garden, Public Art

301 Mission Street was the next stop on the list. We guarantee you would never know this space was here – unless you were looking for the address! The dark shaded glass windows make this decorative lobby look just like any other office from the outside.

San Francisco, Privately Owned Public Spaces, POPOS, 301 Mission, Park, Urban Garden, Public Art

Once indoors, there are modern benches, plantings, and a unique green glass mosaic against the rear wall, along with restrooms. If you were touring downtown on a rainy day or needed to find a place for a informal meeting, this could be just the place for a quick break.

San Francisco, Privately Owned Public Spaces, POPOS, 300 Spear, Park, Urban Garden, Public Art

At 300 Spear street we discovered a unique outdoor courtyard between several building towers. This space features otherwordly hillocks of green grass, each topped with a single tree and surrounded by sleek circular aluminum benches.

San Francisco, Privately Owned Public Spaces, POPOS, 301 Spear, Park, Urban Garden, Public Art

To the sides of the hills are granite steps in pyramid formation topped by landscaped planters. This open space was sunny and quiet, but completely empty, perhaps because it is slightly removed from lunch options and many of the offices.

San Francisco, Privately Owned Public Spaces, POPOS, 100 First Street, Park, Urban Garden, Public Art

Finally we trekked up the stairs from Mission street to spy on the terrace at 100 First Street – the busiest open space we saw. Office workers were sunning, reading, and eating lunch despite the birds-eye view onto the massive construction site of the new Transbay Terminal just below.

San Francisco, Privately Owned Public Spaces, POPOS, 100 First Street, Park, Urban Garden, Public Art

The terrace at 100 First Street catches the sun and features a variety of seating options, lots of plantings, and unique sculptures placed into water features.

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