20. December 2012 /

West 8 wins competition in San Francisco

West 8 has won the design competition for the 13-acre Fort Mason Center waterfront campus in San Francisco. The three-month long competition sought creative and practical design concepts to further enliven and integrate the site. Fort Mason Center has a unique role in the historic San Francisco waterfront, with a rich history as a coastal defense battery during the Civil War and as the headquarters of the San Francisco Port of Embarkation during World War II. Fort Mason is currently a community destination, and has the potential to expand its role as a regional cultural destination.

The design responds to the maritime and military heritage of the site, creating a more vivid public-oriented identity. Fort Mason Center has the flexibility to implement the project in phases over time.

New connectivity on the primary waterfront


Seven key strategies bolster and preserve Fort Mason’s legacy and military identity while activating the water’s edge, improving pedestrian access and parking, and enlivening spaces for expanded public programming and arts. Pier One is reinvented as a publicly accessible art-oriented hotel, while the other buildings diversify programming to create a robust cultural destination centered around lively public plazas.


Intimate Cultural Plaza

Waterside improvements bring wooden decks, floating pontoons, and bridges that weave the site together, bring people to the water’s edge, and showcase amazing views of the shore and Bay.


Desirable access to the water


West 8 was selected from an initial list of 15 firms that in July expressed interest in the ideas competition.

Fort Mason Center Design Competition, San Francisco, CA, USA
Client: Fort Mason Center, Executive Director Rich Hillis
Design team: West 8 urban design & landscape architecture, Bionic Landscape, Ila Berman - Studio Matrix, Jensen Architects.
Consultants: Architectural Resources Group INC, HR&A Advisors, Impark LLC, Langdon Associates, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Moffat & Nichol Engineers
Size: 13 acres


Images: © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture

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