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Transbay Transit Center, San Francisco, California, United States

Monday 26 Apr 2010

All aboard the transparent station

Project Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli. Renderings courtesy of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority 
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11/08/10 Geoff, SF
The building may be bulbous, but it does achieve what most large structures lack: an intense green roof. Quite honestly, this design is a lot cooler than your standard boxy tower.
04/05/10 Gregory Matthew, DC
What a lost opportunity for a spectacular piece of civic architecture. When did Pelli's firm lose their abilty to design sophisticated buildings? The structure here is inelegant and clumsy and the facade is another bulbous blob (just because you can now draw it in cad does not mean you should do it) hulking over pedestrians. I am really disappointed.
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01/05/10 Tim, Oakland
Very exciting. It reminds me of Kyoto station. (Which is beautiful with its full dose of reality.)
30/04/10 Warren, Austin TX
@ L, ny: Look at the sectional rendering, reality is already there. Prelim structural engineering has obviously been done from the very start, and the thicknesses are completely realistic. Most of the flooring is opaque actually, but glass floors are nothing new and completely realistic as well. I'm both an architect and engineer, working on $100M projects, and I can tell you that every feature of this design has been successfully executed somewhere else before. It will be a great asset for SF, and hopefully will inspire other U.S. cities to think in a similar way.
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30/04/10 L, ny
wait until this gets hit with a dose of reality - real slab thicknesses, real (opaque) flooring materials instead of glass, and real dirt!
28/04/10 Elika, San Francisco
Will it be LEED certified?


Final design unveiled for Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco 

Pelli Clarke Pelli presented the final design for the Transbay Transit Center on Thursday to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board (TJPA) in San Francisco, Calif. The glass-and- steel complex, which will serve 12 transit systems including the future California High Speed Rail, is noticeably minus its original iconic tower and includes new features as well.

One of those features is a 5.4-acre rooftop park with a 100-seat outdoor amphitheater for musical performances, space for evening film screenings, cafes and restaurants. The park will have 20 sub-environments including an amphitheater, a children's playground, public artworks and a lily pond, providing rich educational and recreational experiences to the public. A 1,000-foot long fountain shaped like a bus will automatically be activated when a bus passes underneath the park.

The first phase of the project, which is set to start construction in May 2011, is estimated to cost $1.6 billion. The second phase of the project, scheduled for completion later this decade, will provide rail access to the new Transit Center via an underground tunnel. The new Transit Center is scheduled to open in 2017.

“We are very proud of the Transit Center design. It is a visionary station that fully achieves our goals of architectural beauty, functionality and sustainability,” said Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, executive director of the TJPA.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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