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Rendering: Foster + Partners

Get ready to crane your neck at an extra uncomfortable angle. Oceanwide Center, soon to be the second-tallest skyscraper in San Francisco, is set to break ground on December 8th.

The $1.6-billion mixed-use development will be located close to the Financial District in the city’s rapidly changing SOMA neighborhood. Currently the Salesforce Tower, San Francisco’s tallest building, and the sinking Millennium Tower reign supreme in that area. 

Covering 2 million square feet, Oceanwide Center will actually consist of two high-rise towers, one standing 910 feet and 60 stories and the other rising 605 feet and 54 stories. Chinese developer Oceanwide Holdings has allocated an impressive amount of the buildings’ combined 2 million square feet to privately owned public spaces. 

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Rendering: Foster and Partners

In all, nearly half of the buildings’ ground-floor area will be open to the public, and several nearby streets will be “vacationed” in order to give pedestrians more agency. A “pocket park” or “mobile cafe” is also planned for the corner of Mission Street and Jessie Street, while an “urban room” garden will sit at the corner of First Street and Stevenson Street.

The “urban room” will take up six stories of one tower, and will have a full-service bar and a fountain that can be converted into a stage large enough for live music. In all, 46 percent of the “urban room” will be used only for green space. Color us intrigued.

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Rendering: Foster and Partners

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Rendering: Foster and Partners

The towers will also have commercial and residential space. The taller building will have 109 residences, one grand penthouse and over 1.1 million square feet of office space, while the shorter one will have 156 residences and a 171-room Waldorf Astoria with a 2,000-square-foot ground-floor restaurant.

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