Construction has broken ground on an MVRDV-designed building at San Francisco’s Mission Rock, a multi-phase masterplan that will transform nearly 30 acres of asphalt into a sustainably minded, mixed-use neighborhood and community hub. MVRDV’s LEED Gold-seeking block — called Building A — is one of four Mission Rock Phase 1 buildings designed by high-profile architecture firms and is the second of the four to begin construction. Building A takes inspiration from Californian landscapes for its terraced forms and canyon-like spaces. It will provide a mix of apartments, offices, retail spaces and public areas.
Developed by the San Francisco Giants and Tishman Speyer in a public-private partnership with the Port of San Francisco, Mission Park aims to provide a mixed-use waterfront neighborhood near Oracle Park. MVRDV designed Building A in collaboration with the three architecture offices — Studio Gang, Henning Larsen and WORKac — that were selected to design the Mission Rock’s other three Phase 1 plots.
Located near the entrance of Mission Rock via the 3rd Street Bridge, MVRDV’s block will connect the landscape from China Basin Park through a 23-story tower and into the heart of the Mission Rock masterplan via an internal and publicly accessible, canyon-like street. The project’s ensemble of low- and high-rise buildings will provide 395,000 square feet of mixed-use programming, which includes a diverse collection of apartments with roof terraces, lively outdoor spaces and approximately 58,000 square feet of office space. Ground-floor retail and restaurants will activate the streetscape.
Created for LEED Gold certification, MVRDV’s transformative design of what is currently a plot of asphalt, including an old parking lot, follows a “holistic sustainability strategy” that includes ample greenery along its canyon-like space, rooftops and residential balconies. Onsite bicycle parking will be integrated underground, and a support space will also be carved out for the efficient District Energy System.
Images via Pixelflakes, MVRDV, Rinaldi Group LLC and Binyan Studios