Images have been unveiled for a new waterfront destination for San Francisco, which will open up this area of the Bay for the first time in more than 36 years.
Designed by Heatherwick Studio and developed by Earthprise and a team of local waterfront and biodiversity specialists, The Cove will create a new waterfront ecological park and community hub.
A five-acre ecological public park will sit at the centre of the development, which will also feature a mix of tenants as well as retail offerings. The pedestrian-friendly journey through the ecological park will wind from the Embarcadero promenade through a multi-use plaza, a rolling softscape of native terpene-laden trees and dune grasses, a carbon-sinking, floating wetlands, an oval boardwalk, onwards to a promontory, a bridge beyond, overlooking the bay.
The entire Cove is smaller than the original pier footprint, has less bay fill, and is highly sustainable, and plans for net-zero carbon and International Living Future Institute certifications.
The design responds to the threats posed by the climate change emergency by generating solar-powered energy, incorporating low-carbon materials, restoring coastal processes, and enhancing habitats for fish, shellfish, aquatic plants, and wildlife.