Gallery: San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin t...

Fred Clarke of the firm Pelli Clarke Pelli told the SFGate, "This is a dramatic change in material, but the philosophical change is not enormous. I think it is equally handsome." The project is expected to save $10 million.

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  1. budryerson April 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    The role of glass was to protect the building and its visitors from wind and rain while still allowing light to enter and leave. Covering this building with chicken wire (or performated aluminum) provides little protection while blocking more light. The birds will like it better for nesting and roosting, but for us this is a lose/lose situation.

    If you must, stainless steel is a better choice of material. It is stronger, more flexible and less deformable with larger perforations than the same thickness of aluminum is. It is easier to clean and generally better looking.

    I agree with the previous comment that any neo-fortress type design decisions mean that the terrorists have truly won.

  2. den v. April 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    The “terrorists” have won.

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