[maxgallery name=”150-van-ness-renderings”]”If you want to be happy for the rest of your life / Never make a pretty woman your wife.”, as the song goes. And maybe that’s the case with the future building poised to rise at 150 Van Ness. SCB Architect’s vapid renderings showcase a long squat structure extending the length of a city block. Tower-like protrusions jutting from the top and a wide flat curtain wall along Hayes Street give off a castle rampart vibe to the overall structure. Sure, the bulky building lacks the visual appeal of 181 Fremont or embodied artsy funk at Transbay Block 9, but do those hotties have a basketball court? Nope. What about a pool? Nope, again. Throw in a yoga room, spa, theater, gym, hotel guest suites, and rooftop lounge and 150 Van Ness becomes the epitome for the overused aphorism, “It’s whats on the inside that counts.”
[maxgallery name=”150-van-ness-construction”]Based on a recent walk around the expansive corner lot, such amenity riches will soon be available to all. A flat barren site of strewn regolith and blanched white earth now lay where two old seismically unsafe office buildings once stood. With their demolition complete, work should progress soon to excavation and pile-driving for the new apartment complex. Plant Construction and Clark Construction are teaming up on the buildout for the two year project. Once complete the residency will accommodate 431 housing units, roughly 216 parking stalls, 12% affordable housing, and all the aforementioned luxuries. Those pesky 120 ft. height limits will check the building height at 13 stories and 145 feet.