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BIG to design new arts building in San Francisco

16 Oct 2013 (Last Updated October 16th, 2013 18:30)

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has secured a contract from Group I to design a new 42,000m² mid-market arts building in San Francisco, US.

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Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has secured a contract from Group I to design a new 42,000m² mid-market arts building in San Francisco, US.

The project is BIG’s first development on the US west coast and the company beat off competition from architectural firms OMA and Snøhetta in securing the contract.

Group I is working with the Thacher family and the 950 Center for Art & Education to develop the project.

The mixed-use development, called 950-974 Market, will feature a 250-room hotel, residences, retail, arts space and theatres.

Group I president Joy Ou said the selection of BIG as the company’s design partner demonstrates the level of creativity it aims to bring to 950-974 Market in both its physical and conceptual forms.

"The site, which fronts both Market and Turk Streets, is an irregularly-shaped triangular piece of land which is currently home to vacant or underused buildings. The project is conceived as a synergy between the hotel, residential and cultural programs," Ou said.

After completion, the building will have a façade and street presence on both Market and Turk to enable various points of entry.

The project team is planning to commence the initial stages of public outreach and collaboration in the coming months.


Image: 950-974 Market will feature a 250-room hotel, residences, retail, arts space and theatres. Photo: Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group.