Is This America's Next Great Train Station?

Remember this past week when we asked where America's next generation of grand transit hubs would be built? It turns out one may be destined for San Francisco.

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March 31, 2013, 7:00 AM PDT

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan looks at new renderings of the Transbay Transit Center, "the 'Grand Central Station' of San Francisco." The renderings and videos provide a glimpse into Pelli Clarke Pelli's vision for the 1.5-million-square-foot transit hub. 

"The Transbay renderings are designed to seduce--they show us an oasis of shimmering glass louvers, a 5.4-acre rooftop park, and plentiful cycling and pedestrian passageways," says Campbell-Dollaghan. "In the words of one academic, it 'drips with sex appeal, featuring gorgeous architecture with sinuous curves, enriched paving, lush landscaping, and seductive water displays.' Inside, though, the building is a well-engineered machine: three city blocks of bus depots, rail tracks, and other transit infrastructure. The whole development will be grounded by a massive 1,000-foot office tower, which will be the city’s tallest building and fund the construction of the transit hub."

"The crowning design element of Transbay, though, is its 5.4-acre roof park designed by Berkeley-based PWP Landscape Architecture."

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