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Winner - Bronze
Designer: Leo Chow, AIA & SOM Design Team
Design Type: Urban Design/Architecture
Company / Organization / School: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Team Members: Build Inc. (Client), Gehl Studio (Urban Design & Public Space), Bionic (Landscape Architecture), Sherwood Design Engineers (Water Resource Planning & Civil Engineering), Atelier Ten (Environmental Design Consultants & Engineers), BKF (Civil Engineering & Transportation)
Embodying a commitment to sustainable placemaking, the project proposes the transformation of overgrown former industrial lands on San Francisco's bay into an active waterfront destination with a vibrant and diverse village. Developed in collaboration with city government agencies and its residents, it reconnects surrounding communities with the shoreline, cultivates economic opportunities, and provides mixed-income housing. A rugged piece of urban land located north of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, the site provides connection to the tranquility of San Francisco Bay and a breathtaking panoramic view that spans from downtown San Francisco to the East Bay mountains. The multiphase, mixed-use project creates a complete community that is human in scale with all basic services and amenities located within short walking distance. It interweaves parks, plazas, and open space with new pedestrian and bicycle-friendly connections, as well as buildings for residential, commercial, and community-serving purposes. Serving as the gateway to this new neighborhood and parkland, the India Basin Market Plaza and Boardwalk will provide a local and regional amenity for culture, commerce, and recreation. The design also embraces the existing wild character of the land, responding to its specific hydrology and topography and celebrating the connection to San Francisco’s ecological history.