So now we know what the Golden State Warriors’ arena in San Francisco will look like … sort of.
It appears the Warriors are going to unveil their plans incrementally, meaning we’ll have to wait a while (until sometime in the fall, according to bizjournals.com) to see what the building we actually care about (the one where basketball games will take place) will look like at ground level. The key takeaways here are location and setup. This will be an oblong arena set in the southeast corner of the lot, with what appears to be an entrance and gathering area on the corner of 16th street and Terry A Francois Blvd.
There will also be “office and lab space totaling about 500,000 square feet at both the northwest and southwest corners of the site.” So for fans who thought attending games at Oracle Arena would’ve been better with some office buildings and laboratories, you’re in luck.
The designers are focused on the “main plaza” area in between the buildings on the western part of the site, which is comparable in size to Union Square.
“We’d like to think we’re making a place, not just putting up buildings,” said Craig Dykers, senior design adviser with Snøhetta, who compared the site to Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. “We hope this new project can begin to create a new place in Mission Bay that people feel is part of their home and not just a collection of funny-shaped buildings.”
Here’s an aerial shot of Piazza del Campo:
Tall buildings can upset people in San Francisco, and the site appears to have been designed with this in mind.
Building heights would conform to existing limits at the site, team officials said. The arena at its highest point would be 135 feet high; the highest points of the office towers would be 160 feet and the retail sites would vary from 25 to 40 feet high.
“We are compacting the arena to the extent possible, pushing it into the ground,” said David Manica of Manica Architecture, which is also working on the project.
Since there’s nothing else to share, here’s a look at where the site is in relation to AT&T Park, just a few blocks to the north.