Snøhetta’s concept for the New Presidio Parklands seeks to connect and orient visitors to the site within the larger territory of the Bay by embracing the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz, the North and East Bays, and the spectacular landscapes of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Two fundamental experiences, presiding and engaging, shape Snøhetta’s approach for the New Presidio Parklands. The Urban National Park is envisioned as a place where visitors will be captivated by the scenic wonder of the urban setting as it meets the expanse of the Pacific Ocean while immersing them in tactile spaces that foster an intimate appreciation of nature.
The design framework for the parklands arises from a network of arcs and strands drawn from the sinuous terrain of the coastline and the layout of the historic Military Post. Snøhetta explores the inherent tension between the natural and cultural landscapes and creates opportunities for these forces to become legible over time, creating new experiences for visitors and inhabitants alike.
Within this framework, Crissy Marsh is extended across Mason Street into the new parklands to create an expanded tidal ecosystem, a wastewater management strategy, and a dynamic learning landscape for the Crissy Field Education Center. New building program is carefully integrated within the landforms of the parklands.
A new Visitor’s Center, an addition to the Crissy Field Center and a future cultural facility are carved into the slope as a series of terraced arcs, forming dramatic new overlooks, windbreaks, and social gathering spaces while serving to reframe views into the historic post and out to the bay. Source by Snøhetta.
Location: The Presidio, San Francisco, California, USA
Size: 13 Acres
Client: The Presidio Trust, Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, The National Park Status:Concept Design
Article by Marco Rinaldi