The Presidio Trust has unveiled final proposals for a cultural center at the Presidio of San Francisco National Park. In its request for proposals, the trust required applicants to protect the open spaces and historic and natural resources that are part of Crissy Field, the site of the new cultural facility featuring an 18-acre tidal marsh, beach and dunes, a shoreline promenade, and trails.
The finalists are:
The team behind this project— led by Chora and WRNS Studio, with SWA Group, Dean Weldon, and Sherwood Design Engineers- proposes a new type of public institution that “brings people together to collaborate, learn, discover, invent, and dream” while employing sustainable principles, according to the design statement. Known as the Bridge, the building will serve as a case study in sustainable building technologies. It will house a living laboratory with indoor and outdoor spaces, a café, and sustainable marketplace. Meanwhile, the Sustainability Institute will be the collaborative research arm of the project where thematic research on the social and environmental issues of the day takes place.
Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum is based in George Lucas’s passion for education and the role art can play in inspiring young people. The interactive facility will rely heavily on visual storytelling as it weaves together art and science topics. The collection—ranging from fine art to animation, from fashion to cinematic design—will comprise master works of the Golden Age of Illustration through today’s digital artists, showing the ways culture is reflected in the popular art of any given time. “George Lucas will bring to the museum a wealth of strong affiliations with other significant arts and education institutions from around the world to help enhance the truly unique place that the Presidio is,” the project team said in its proposal.
The Presidio Exchange (PX)
This proposed cultural center from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will reflect the heritage of its national park location and creativity of the Bay Area while connecting to the larger world. The PX will feature four types of programming: exhibits and installations, events and programs, residencies, and daily offerings.