400-Foot Transbay District Tower Unveiled

Jeanne Gang’s designs for a proposed 40-story tower and mid-rise project to rise on the northwest corner of Folsom and Spear Street have been unveiled.

A “reinterpretation of the city’s fabled bay windows,” the 400-foot tower would be “clad in masonry tiles, with stacks of 45-degree-angle bays and balconies snaking back and forth” and include 250 market-rate condos. An adjacent eight-story building would provide 139 units of below market rate “affordable” housing as part of the development.

The site, however, is currently only zoned for building up to 300 feet in height and San Francisco’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will need to successfully approve a spot up-zoning for Tishman Speyer to proceed with the development as proposed.