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Fort Mason Center has selected West 8 as the winner of its 2012 design competition for the 13-acre waterfront campus in San Francisco.

The three-month long competition sought creative and practical design concepts to further enliven and integrate the site. The design will enable Fort Mason Center to realize its full potential, both as a vital and stimulating location for arts and culture, and as an attractive destination for enjoyment of the site.

West 8’s design calls for seven key strategies that bolster and preserve Fort Mason’s legacy and naval military identity while activating the water’s edge, improving pedestrian access and parking, and enlivening spaces for expanded public programming and arts. Pier One is reinvented as a publicly accessible art-oriented hotel, while the other buildings diversify programming to create a robust cultural destination centered around lively public plazas.  Waterside improvements bring wooden decks, floating pontoons, and bridges that weave the site together, bring people to the water’s edge, and showcase amazing views of the shore and Bay.

The three finalists – Bruner/Cott, West 8 and AMP Arquitectos - were selected from twenty invited firms to consider an enhanced plan for the Fort Mason Center campus. In selecting a winner, entries were evaluated on design merit and the positive impact the proposal will have on the center. Links to the design proposals for the three finalists are below and are on display at Fort Mason Center in Building D: 

Bruner/Cott               West 8               AMP Arquitectos

Please let us know what you think. You can email comments to us at design-competition@fortmason.org.




SPECIAL THANKS This competition would not have been possible without the vision and support of Ann Hatch and the Tin Man Fund. Fort Mason Center appreciates and acknowledges her dedication to the arts and education, and is excited to be among the projects that have earned her support and participation.