The Presidio Trust, working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service, has invited five renowned design firms to develop conceptual design and programming for 10 acres of new parkland that will be created in the Presidio atop a dramatic bluff with panoramic Golden Gate views. The design opportunity came about as the result of the demolition of the 75-year-old freeway leading to the Golden Gate Bridge, which is being replaced by the Presidio Parkway, a new at-grade tunnel-covered roadway that will connect the two most expansive public spaces in the Presidio: the historic Main Post and the bay front at Crissy Field. The project also includes three acres of newly designed parklands adjacent to the Crissy Field Center, including facilities and grounds for youth programs offered by the Trust, Conservancy, and National Park Service.
The five teams, selected out of 25 respondents, are:
- CMG Landscape Architecture, San Francisco
- James Corner Field Operations, New York
- OLIN, Philadelphia/Los Angeles
- SNØHETTA, Oslo/New York /San Francisco
- West 8 Team, Rotterdam/Brussels/New York
“The response of these internationally acclaimed design teams is a testament to the potential of this site, which is one of the most iconic and beautiful in the world,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “We look forward to working with them and with the community to create a breathtaking new place to welcome the public to the Presidio.”
Alongside the professional design teams, the Presidio Trust is inviting the public to submit their own concepts through an open “ideas competition” that will launch in May. The public is invited to meet the five design teams at a forum on May 6 at the Presidio Observation Post, and will have many opportunities to provide feedback on design, amenity, and programmatic aspirations for the new site through a series of site tours, events and exhibits.. Visit the Presidio Trust website for more information about how to get involved: www.presidio.gov/gateway.