Levi's Plaza, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2013

At the foothill of Telegraph Hill on the bank of the San Francisco Bay, lays this plaza. As their designers described: "it's off the cuff, never symmetrical, it's easy-going and relaxed". HOK designers tried, and in my opinion succeeded, to respect spectacular residences on the Trafalgar Hill in the background and create this urban square, mainly accommodating world headquarters of the famous Levi Strauss & Co. jeans manufacturers since 1873. Open plaza and connected park, relatively secluded from the busy San Francisco downtown provides quiet and serene location for relaxation under the shade of mature trees. Large water fountain marking the centrepiece of the square is inviting the visitors to step directly into the cascading waterfalls and interact with it sounds and movement.
Very successful modern, attractive landscaping and human proportions of the square helped transform this once neglected area into a vibrant urban environment. This is one of the very best of any urban space designed from the "scratch", connecting surrounding areas and fitting perfectly in the urban fabric of San Francisco.

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sociability
9
ceremonial
x
uses & activities
10
religious
access & linkages
10
social
x
comfort
10
residential
image
10
court yard
tourist value
10
with park
total
59
street, shopping
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Last time updated on Friday, October 25, 2013, 11:22 AM