Seating ribbon and public lawn at the metro entrance.
This study for the treatment of the future subway extension to North Beach takes into consideration the historic value of the neighborhood and existing park, and attempts to create an improved pedestrian experience while minimizing the impact on the community. The proposed plaza replaces a small, inaccessible landscaped area and a short section of Powell Street, creating a unified pedestrian plaza containing the primary subway entrance, public seating, a public lawn, and outdoor dining areas for the existing restaurants. Views down Powell Street to the bay are maintained.
This riverfront redevelopment project provides a range of possibilities and aims to improve urban life and spatial appropriation. There are no grand gestures; areas remain open, often surprising, and spatially generous. The project invites residents to take a walk with children along the river, go fishing, stop under the trees of Lent Square, watch a show at night with the water tower forming the backdrop to the stage, walk under the tall trees on the right bank while looking at the city lights. Take the ferry under the main bridge, relax on one of the wooden decks and enjoy the spectacle of the river.
The design was developed within the existing context and does not seek to make unnecessary alterations. For example, the project could be integrated without extensive modifications to the topography. One of the key goals is to make the site legible and thus permit multiple appropriations of the proffered spaces. Long, wide walkways function as a continuation of the city, leading to the adjacent, accessible river banks, always vibrant, with people enjoying the spaces.