OMA has completed a 56-story glass tower in San Francisco’s Transbay district that contains a combination of condominium residences and apartment rentals. The opening of The Avery was announced by Related California, the west coast affiliate of Related Companies — the largest privately-owned real estate firm in the US. The project is OMA’s first high-rise in San Francisco and its first ground-up development in the bay area. In conjunction with the opening of the development, the interior of the building’s 4,312-square-foot penthouse has also been unveiled — a residence priced at $15,950,000 USD. The scheme comprises a 576-foot tower that sits on top of two podium buildings designed by Fougeron Architecture.
“Transbay is changing into a place where San Francisco’s future is developing. Our building is located at the neighborhood’s center, so we wanted the site to be both a connector and a destination” said Jason Long, Partner at OMA. “We are thrilled to be completing our first tower on the West Coast. The building is shaped to weave together multiple scales and optimize views out to the city and Bay,” continued Shohei Shigematsu, Partner at OMA.
While residential towers are typically closed off from the life of the city around them, The Avery opens the site to the public by introducing a new lane connecting Folsom Street―the neighborhood’s main boulevard—with Clementina―an intimate pedestrian corridor. Splitting the podium in two, the lane activates the building’s base with an urban living room lined with retail amenities, lush green walls and landscaping to provide a respite for the neighborhood.
At the west side of the site, a 56-story residential tower combines condominiums, market-rate apartments and affordable housing with various shared amenity spaces. The same urban gesture that creates the lane translates vertically up the lower half of the tower. At the 33rd Floor, above the datum established by adjacent buildings, the south face of the building is sculpted to mirror the sloping façade on the north below. As on the north face, the tapering façade on the north is expressed as a series of stepped projections or crenellations.
The tower interiors were designed by Clodagh Design, who were inspired by the Bay Area’s connection to nature and wellness. Informed by the architecture as well, the design establishes warmth and intimacy within the building. “The Avery design experience has been both a deep joy and an honor for me and for the entire team at Clodagh Design, from start to finish,” said Irish-born, New York City-based Clodagh. Related Companies understands and encourages Clodagh Design’s wellness tenets of biophilia, Feng Shui, biogeometry and chakra healing that create total harmony and wellbeing for all of The Avery’s residents and the staff alike.
Available residences are priced from $1,785,000 for one-bedrooms, $2,500,000 for two-bedrooms, and $3,700,000 for three-bedrooms. Available apartments are priced from $3,750 a month for studios, $4,795 a month for one-bedrooms, and $6,695 a month for two-bedrooms. Move-ins are now underway and closings will commence next month.