Last time we checked in, the arena—which is slated to open in 2017—was but a distant gleaming orb, with few public details beyond the promise of ample open space (and water taxi service!). The updated renderings give us a few more clues about the Warriors' new home.
The building's curving exterior features ramped decks that double as a waterfront balcony for pedestrians. The architects also released an image of the basketball arena itself, which now features a large window with views of the Bay Bridge. Plus, we hear, the roof will be decked out with programmable LEDs that can cycle through images and animations, Bay Lights–style.
Projecting the modesty that only a 13-acre sports venue can, the updated design is a little smaller and more mindful of pedestrians. The architects lowered the height of the event center by 10 feet and reduced its size by 43,000 square feet. And with the introduction of more transparency at the street level, passersby—and ticketless fans—will be able to see directly into the arena.
The designers also decreased parking and retail acreage while bumping up bike parking and open space, including a new public-access zone on the east edge of the site. At a press event Sunday, Mayor Ed Lee said, "The Piers 30-32 project will provide tremendous public benefits to San Francisco, including a new fire station, berths for large ships and SFFD fire boats and an expansive new civic space for fans, residents, and tourists to enjoy."
All renderings courtesy of Snøhetta
[via Curbed SF]