SOM’s One Steuart Lane faces the San Francisco Bay with stacked massing and travertine

Downtown San Francisco is undergoing an incredible spate of development, especially on sites abutting the waterfront with much-coveted views of the Bay Area. This trend has delivered several notable skyscrapers in the area, namely Studio Gang’s twisting Mira Tower, Pelli Clark Pelli’s Salesforce Tower, the tallest in the city, and Heller Manus Architect’s seismically-tuned 181 Fremont. Now, SOM is joining the scene with One Steuart Lane, a residential tower crafted with unitized panels of travertine and glass.

The 335,000-square-foot project at 75 Howard Street rises adjacent to the storied Embarcedero as a series of stacked square volumes, with a self-admittedly boxy massing broken up by wrap-around terraces placed at each

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