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Home. It needs to fit. It should fit the person, the family, the neighborhood. Designing a residential building to fulfill the needs of its many residents while incorporating it into an already flourishing urban area is a challenge. But it can be a perfect fit.
Sitting atop Rincon Hill with incredible views of the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco Bay, the occupants will be immersed in a new thriving neighborhood that boasts some of the tallest residential high-rise towers on the West Coast.
The density of this project is part of a larger master plan, anchored by significant civic investment in transportation infrastructure at the new Transbay Terminal, which will one day be the major stopping point of the High Speed Rail. As a model Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project, we aim to make this the first of many HKS designs that help reduce our carbon footprint and thus improve the environment for generations to come.
With input from our client, HKS created a new image for the 45 Lansing development project that presents a contemporary expression. The design defines the project with clean, bold and articulated building lines from a strong, yet soft, podium base, giving the building a modern feel with LEED green walls on the east elevation. The vertical building design was achieved through the use of Low-E clear vision glass; fritted spandrel glass; full-height Low-E clear vision glass at building corners; glazed balcony areas; and aluminum vertical ribbons of building skin articulation to the angled roof top parapet wall. These conditions accentuate the beauty of the tower that creates the dynamic, modern, elegant and timeless design of 45 Lansing. Attention to detail on exterior lighting design at entry points and balcony decks helps create a “twinkle lighting” building effect. A fitness center, pool, sauna, theater, private dining, valet parking and other special amenities lend to the exclusivity of this special and beautiful project.
Working in close cooperation with Crescent Heights, the San Francisco Planning Department and the Building Department, HKS redesigned the west façade of the building to include windows for units that previously did not exist on that façade. This design revision was heralded as a major accomplishment by the Planning Department that had reluctantly agreed to a near-windowless façade. This design revision and a newly designed building base led to a unanimous approval at the Planning Commission when Crescent Heights increased the unit count from 217 to 320 units and also increased the parking count ratio.