Featured on the “Libraries” episode of Cool Spaces, we were pleased to see Snohetta’s recent run of success in San Francisco. It is wonderful to see the Oslo and New York based firm extending its reach to the Western part of the country.
The new design for One Van Ness, which will rise 37 stories at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Market Street, is the work of Snøhetta, the firm that designed the expansion to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (currently under construction). Snøhetta’s chief, Craig Dykers, has become something of a darling in San Francisco, where his firm recently opened an office. With major projects such as SFMOMA and a new stadium for the Golden State Warriors under its belt, Snøhetta is designing the look and feel of the new San Francisco.
As proposed, the curving, 37-story One Van Ness tower would be divided by three large cuts, designed to lessen wind load and provide new common spaces. Comically, the building’s carved-out center has provided inspiration for illustrators to poke fun. But overall, the tower has been well-received. Knowing the work of Snohetta, it will no doubt be an excellent addition to the city.