Salesforce Transit Center Building

Salesforce Transit Center Building, San Francisco Transbay, Transport Hub by César Pelli

Salesforce Transit Center

San Francisco Multimodal Station Building, California, USA – design by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Aug 1, 2017

Salesforce Transit Center, San Francisco

Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco
In July 2017, this project formerly known as the Transbay Transit Center was named the Salesforce Transit Center, topped by the rooftop Salesforce Park.

Developer: Hines
Lead Architect: César Pelli

The Salesforce Transit Center will be a multimodal transit station in downtown San Francisco, linking 11 transit systems and connecting the city to the region, the state, and the nation. The innovative, highly sustainable design is currently under construction.

It is located next to the Salesforce Tower, formerly known as the Transbay Tower, a 1,070-foot (326 m) office skyscraper under construction in the South of Market district of downtown San Francisco.

Salesforce Transit Center Building San Francisco
rendering by Pelli Clark Pelli, courtesy of the TJPA

The complex will include a 5.4-acre rooftop park that will anchor the growth of a new mixed-use neighborhood. The soaring light-filled spaces will give San Francisco a grand entrance that befits its status as one of the world’s great cities.

The new Transit Center will stretch for five blocks along Mission Street, one block south of the city’s Financial District. A gently undulating wall, floating above the street on angled steel columns, will be visible from afar, creating a graceful, luminous, and welcoming image. At street level, shops and cafes will draw visitors and energize the surrounding neighborhood, while high above, the trees and flowers of the rooftop park will invite people to visit for longer periods, transforming the Transit Center from a commuter hub to an urban destination.

Salesforce Transit Center Building
images courtesy of architects

Within the Salesforce Transit Center, the space is open and light-filled. Tall, structurally expressive skylights — “Light Columns” — bring sunshine deep into the building, creating a vibrant, inviting atmosphere. The largest Light Column forms the central element of the 118-feet tall Grand Hall, Transbay’s primary public space. This dramatic structure reaches from the park, down through the bus deck and Grand Hall, and all the way to the train platforms two stories below grade. It will provide light and long views to all areas of the Transit Center building.

The heart of Transbay’s design is the rooftop park. Dense with nature and activities, it will have over a dozen entry points, potentially including bridges to surrounding buildings. Active and passive uses are woven into the landscape, including a 1,000-person amphitheater, cafes, and a children’s playground, as well as quiet areas for reading, picnicking or simply taking a break. The park will present a wide variety of Bay Area ecologies, from oak trees to a wetland marsh.


rendering by Pelli Clark Pelli, courtesy of the TJPA

The Transbay Transit Center has a considerable commitment to environmental quality and sustainability. The building’s annual energy consumption is projected to be up to 25 percent lower than the 2008 Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards, and the project is on track to receive a Gold certification under the LEED 2009 rating system.

Salesforce Transit Center San Francisco
images courtesy of architects

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the public agency charged with implementing the Transbay project, has commissioned four major artworks that will be integrated with the Transit Center’s design. Currently under development, each piece will emerge from a close collaboration between the artists and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, blurring the line between art and architecture and making both more accessible to the general public.

Top of the Salesforce Tower Building in San Francisco:
Salesforce Tower Building San Francisco
images courtesy of architects

The Salesforce Tower, located on an adjacent sit, is the centerpiece of the San Francisco Transbay redevelopment plan. The plan contains a mix of office, transportation, retail, and residential uses. The tower will become the tallest in San Francisco with a top roof height of 970 feet (296 m) and an overall height of 1,070 feet (326 m).

It will be the second-tallest building west of the Mississippi River after the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles. It will also be taller then the Transamerica Pyramid by more than 200 feet (61 m).

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects won a global architecture competition in 2007 beating British architect Richard Rogers and celebrated US architects firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM).

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