This is a concept rendering for 110 The Embarcadero.  We’re talking about very early stages here (this hasn’t been submitted to the planning committee yet), but the San Francisco Chronicle just profiled the new design.  The building is a 10-story structure envisioned for Embarcadero and designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for Hines.  The result, as you can see, is a glassy, viny, green mid-rise skyscraper.  I think 110 The Embarcadero is quite easy on the eye, to be entirely honest, and due to the simple design, it probably has excellent floor plates with great daylighting and views.  Can’t beat the location either, with a bird’s eye of both the city and the bay. 


If you click over to the Chronicle article, you’ll notice many of the comments take issue with the building’s most prominent feature: the vines.  There are, however, environmental benefits to having that exterior greenery and I think it looks distinctive.   

The author of the article remarks that he’d like the design more if the building had one or two less floors.  It is in the middle of downtown, so I can’t imagine (again in my honest opinion) dickering over the difference between nine and ten floors.  Plus, I’ll bet 10 floors is about the minimum to make this thing work economically.  We’re talking about the last chunk of real estate in this area bought for about $11 M — you don’t go chopping off floors without consequence.  But, all in all, it’s a cool look and I’ll be interested to see how plans proceed.  I’m predicting LEED Silver pre-certification. 

Image Credit: SF Chronicle and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.