Mapping the 20 high-rises under construction in San Francisco right now

by CurbedSF, Adam Brinklow Feb 21, 2017, 10:29am PST

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San Francisco's dense skyline is growing again in 2017, as the city anticipates the completion of some towers long under construction and the emerging profile of others underway. From the Salesforce Tower and 181 Fremont in Yerba Buena to Exchange Place on the edge of Chinatown and the future home of Pinterest at 505 Brannan, the new crop of high-rises promises to be fruitful this year.

To make the cut, a building must be eight or more stories when completed. Towers must have broken ground already or be on the verge of doing so within the next few months. Map points are listed here by building height, from tallest to shortest—or more precisely, from what will soon be the tallest and the shortest.

1 Salesforce Tower

A building like this is like the big Christmas present you couldn't wait to unwrap as a kid. Though observers have envisioned the final 61-story obelisk countless times, only in the past few months, after it finally broke the record and officially became the city's tallest building last year, has the enormity of its scale become apparent. Workers poured the concrete for the top floor in January.

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Salesforce Tower

San Francisco, CA 94105

2 Oceanwide Center

On the other hand, San Francisco's future second-tallest building, its glassy crown to one day crest 905 feet, only just broke ground a few months ago. A product of American and Chinese development and British design by way of Lord Norman Foster makes it decidedly the city's most diverse new addition.

Courtesy Foster & Partners

50 1st St

San Francisco, CA 94105

3 181 Fremont

Though overshadowed (literally, at certain times of the day) by taller nearby projects, this 70-story high-rise may rise to prominence beyond its mere height as the classiest and most iconic looking of this generation of new buildings. The ultra luxury condos inside now under construction (beginning in the low $3 million) will be completed this year.

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181 Fremont Street

181 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105

4 Park Tower

At over 600 feet, this ascending addition on Transbay Block 5 (designed by Goettsch Partners) means business. Which is to say, it will be nothing but offices from top to bottom.

Courtesy Park Tower

250 Howard St

San Francisco, CA 94105

5 400 Folsom Street

This 55-story building with its staggered profile will inject over 500 new homes into San Francisco and the Yerba Buena neighborhood, albeit it most of them fantastically expensive.

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400 Folsom St

San Francisco, CA 94105

6 706 Mission

This 500 foot, 43-story tower will be the home of San Francisco's Mexico Museum, but for now it's probably most notable for being the latest from Millennium Partners. The developers have made a point of noting that the foundations will go to bedrock.

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706 Mission St

San Francisco, CA 94103

7 500 Folsom

Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill's big (that is to say, 43 floors and 440 feet) contribution to the new skyline, with its unmistakable shuffled exterior and rising crown.

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500 Folsom St

San Francisco, CA 94105

8 Folsom Bay Tower

Long in the planning, a tipster points out that a construction fence has finally gone up around the lots at Folsom and Spear. This corkscrewing Studio Gang-designed spire fills in the last of the freeway parcels and will run up to 400 feet after scoring an upzoning in late 2015/early 2016.

Courtesy Studio Gang

160 Folsom St

San Francisco, CA 94105

9 33 Tehama (previously 41 Tehama)

This incoming 35-story, 380-foot, Arquitectonica-designed building thrilled locals in decidedly the wrong way in February, as a crane malfunction threatened to send a concrete slab crashing to the street below. No one was hurt.

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41 Tehama St

San Francisco, CA 94105

10 Trinity Place

If it seems like this Market Street project will never be finished, that's a misapprehension: It's finished several times already, with many residents to boot. But the incredibly ambitious 1,900-unit, Arquitectonica-designed, 17-24 story development still has a lot of building to do before its full four-structure plan is complete.

Courtesy Arquitectonica

1169 Market St

San Francisco, CA 94103

11 Exchange Place

This 19-story building on the edge of Chinatown sat in development limbo as an overgrown dirt lot for decades. The name is due to the historic Mining Exchange Building on the site, much of it being absorbed and preserved as part of the rising Heller-Manus designed project.

Courtesy Heller-Manus

350 Bush St

San Francisco, CA 94104

12 One Mission Bay

This 16 story, 350-unit building right on the channel topped out back in December and is set to throw open its doors.

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1000 Channel St

San Francisco, CA 94158

13 150 Van Ness

Upon completion, this 13-story building, located on a corner of what developers reckon will soon be a key intersection in San Francisco, will yield over 400 new homes. For now, though, it's still mostly a hole in the ground.

Courtesy Clark Construction

150 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94102

14 The Austin

This 12-story condo project designed by Arquitectonica (noted local purveyor of huge cubist buildings) is on the trembling verge of completion, with sales galleries set to open within a week or two.

The Austin

1545 Pine St

San Francisco, CA 94109

15 The Exchange on 16th

Two of this set of four new interconnected structures will eventually rise up to 12 stories. For now, the site has achieved only comparably humble heights.

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1800 Owens St

San Francisco, CA 94158

16 CPMC Van Ness

The long and contentious development of the 12-story, 700,000-square-foot hospital suggests a lesson in optimism for those daunted by the hazards of building in San Francisco. Facilities should be in use by 2019.

CPMC

US-101 & Geary Blvd & Geary St

San Francisco, CA 94109

17 Hotel Via

This 11-story hotel is set to open in the spring. Its marketing tagline, "Defining South Beach," suggests an early attempt to capitalize on the prestige of soaring nearby construction.

Hotel Via

144 King St

San Francisco, CA 94107

18 923 Folsom

Long under wraps—literally, as plastic swaddled the exterior for months—this nine-story, 114-unit SoMa building plans to wrap up and start selling this month.

923 Folsom St

San Francisco, CA 94107

19 Bill Sorro Community

Once the site of the Hugo Hotel, this nine-story structure still underway represents some mercy in the housing market. All 67 homes from developer Mercy Housing will be BMR units.

Courtesy Bill Sorro Community

200 6th St

San Francisco, CA 94103

20 505 Brannan

The future home of Pinterest is not right now a member of the high-rise club, slated only for six stories. But the developer has long planned to expand the project's scale, hoping to one day climb closer to 20 stories with future additions, meaning that the building presently underway is actually a foundation.

Courtesy SF Planning

505 Brannan St

San Francisco, CA 94107