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New Tower Design Revealed for Van Ness

Behold, the new tower planned for Market and Van Ness from starchitect Snohetta (SFMOMA expansion) and SCB (One Rincon), according to the S.F. Chronicle. It solves the wind problem that plagued Richard Meier's original design via sliced breaks up the 37-story residential tower. Also alleviating the swirling wind: a public plaza covered by canopies rising up to 30 feet, which would create spaces for performances from students at the nearby S.F. Conservatory of Music (flute wind: good; weather wind: bad). Developers Build Inc. and GTIS are hoping for approvals for the proposed 308-unit tower by the end of the year. Last year, SCB managing principal Chris Pemberton told us how the project at 299 Fremont is taking sustainability to new heights.