For several weeks, I have had page C2 of the SF Chronicle sitting on my desk. Its City Insider column announced on March 18 that “Dutch superstar architect Rem Koolhaas is getting another crack at San Francisco.” While I never like to see the word “crack” mentioned anywhere near the topic of construction, I suppose this a worthwhile exception.
According to the architect’s web site, the design features a [550-foot] tower on one end of the block with two podium buildings and a row of townhouses filling the remainder of the block. The future construction site, located between First and Fremont Streets along Folsom, is on a parcel currently owned by the City of San Francisco.
City Insider also reports that the last time the City approved a Koolhaas design, it was for a Prada building near Union Square. Featuring 8,000 port holes instead of windows, critics compared the building to an oversized cheese grater. Holland > Gouda > cheese grater? That’s pretty chee_y. Yeah, you said it.
Take a look here to see a mock-up of the design.
Once construction gets underway, I will be sure to visit the site and publish an update.