As San Francisco's Salesforce Tower and 181 Fremont approach completion, the three-building Transbay 8 is just beginning its ascent a few blocks away. With construction on the below-grade levels of the 55-storey main tower progressing, The Related Companies-developed project located along Folsom Street will begin showing off its multi-faceted design by OMA and Fougeron Architecture in the months to come.

Transbay 8, image via OMA

The upper floors of the 548-unit residential tower will contain 118 luxury condominiums, while the lower floors will house 280 luxury apartments and 150 affordable units. The main level will include 17,000 square feet of retail situated around a mid-block passageway that cuts through the site. The resulting paseo creates a calming place for relaxation amid the hustle and bustle of the busy urban environment.

Transbay 8, image via Fougeron Architecture

The aesthetic language of the paseo is carried up to the architecture of the tower, which tapers to address the Transbay Development Controls and Design Guidelines as well as to orient residences towards more desired downtown and bay views. Inside, all residents will have access to shared amenity spaces that include a fitness centre, roof garden, lounge terrace, and resident community garden.

A rendering depicts the mid-rise podium buildings, image via Fougeron Architecture

The collaboration between OMA and the local firm Fougeron Architecture — the former is responsible for the sculptural tower while the latter designed the mid-rise podium buildings — is the result of a competitive selection process initiated by the City of San Francisco. Related has partnered with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation to complete the affordable housing elements of the project. 

Below grade work progresses, image by Forum contributor edwards

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Related Companies:  Fougeron Architecture, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, The Related Companies