A radical change could be in store for San Francisco’s skyline and the goatee’d techie (and increasingly prada-clad architect) denizens of SoMa. City officials want to raise building height limits in the area, paving the way for two new 850 foot high towers and one new 1000+ foot tower, intended to be the tallest American building west of Chicago. No one one yet to propose actual building designs. No one, that is, except for the avant-guard forward thinkers at SOM, who shockingly propose – as seen in these renderings – completely solid red and blue obelisks that will clearly dominate the skyline, serving as an enormous souther,-facing middle finger to the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles (a measly 1,018 ft).
Any changes will require not only public and civic support, but also at least two years of planning studies. I’d be amazed if an undertaking of this scale was approved in this city, where i’m quickly learning how surprisingly similar to New Orleans it is in its attitudes towards historic preservation and the attempts to capture some abstract ideal of what the city is.
For Inspiration, the immortal words of Petula Clark:
“And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
Guide them along
So maybe I’ll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares
So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re
Downtown – don’t wait a minute more
Downtown – everything’s waiting for you.”
via The Chronicle