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A High-Performance Addition to the San Francisco Skyline

535 Mission Street
San Francisco, California, USA

“The poised newcomer at 535 Mission St. is an urbane addition to the vertical scene, a good neighbor on the ground — and a reminder that, architecturally, a little restraint can go a long way.”

John King
Architecture critic, San Francisco Chronicle

The slender urban form of this Class A office tower transforms the South of Market (SoMa) district of San Francisco.

As the first LEED Core and Shell Platinum office tower in San Francisco, the building’s advanced mechanical systems, high-performance skin and water use efficiencies promote sustainability, comfort and productivity. The facade features high-performance glass that integrates with indoor controls to enhance its energy and light transmission performance.

The project provides 3,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space to serve building occupants, visitors and city residents. The double-height lobby includes publicly accessible open space that flows into the covered outdoor plaza, featuring flexible seating, generous landscaping and an espresso bar.

The addition of new trees and a continuous band of planting along Shaw Alley softens the streetscape and enhances the pedestrian environment linking the building to the adjacent Transbay Terminal. Concrete paving in the alley adds pedestrian scale and texture, establishing visual continuity.

“Where the base of 535 Mission blends with the surroundings, the tapered form above is a discreet show unto itself — attracting attention not by height, but with a simple set of inward moves that draw the eye,” wrote John King in the San Francisco Chronicle. “535 Mission shows less still can be more. The unusual but understated form is emphasized by the sleek glass skin, where sometimes, especially near dusk or dawn, each side reads as a single blue or silver pane. The lone flourish is a flare at the summit, but you don’t notice it except from certain angles to the north.”


LEED-CS Platinum


354,000 sq. ft. / 32,900 sq. m.
27 stories


Interior Design
Landscape Architecture


ENR California – Best Project, Office/Retail/Mixed-Use


16 March 2017
“535 Mission Street a Finalist for 2017 Architizer A+ Award”
HOK News

24 September 2015
“ENR California Recognizes Four HOK Projects as Best of 2015”
HOK News

23 December 2014
“What Was the Best New Building Project of 2014?”
Curbed SF

15 November 2014
“S.F.’s Newest Office Tower Shows Poise in a Time of Flash”
SF Gate