Bay Area Real Estate Development

8 High-Rise Projects Set to Remake the San Francisco Skyline

With towers rising all across San Francisco, and even more planned for the near future, the city’s skyline is poised to change. There have been plenty of projects that have failed to make it out of the development stage and many others that started and stopped, so it’s hard to keep track of which rising skyscraper is which. has compiled the eight incoming projects that are set to remake San Francisco’s skyline. 

Salesforce Tower - Yerba Buena

Rendering courtesy of Salesforce Tower

It’s only appropriate that the Salesforce Tower kicks off this list of high-rise projects remaking the city’s skyline. After all, the 61-story, 1.4-million-square-foot structure is now the tallest in San Francisco, rising 1,070 feet above the city. The massive tower takes up an entire city block. An 11,000-light LED display is planned for the top of the tower, illuminating the city from above. If completed as planned, it will be the tallest public art piece in the world.

Oceanwide Center - Yerba Buena

Rendering courtesy of Oceanwide Center

During the shovel ceremony for the Oceanwide Center that kicked off construction, Mayor Ed Lee stood at a podium with both Chinese and United States flags, per Curbed SF. That’s because the eventual second-tallest tower in town will be the largest ever for a Chinese firm in the Bay Area. When the tower is complete, Oceanwide Center will offer one million square feet of office space, hoping to attract startups looking to set up shop in the city over Silicon Valley. The 910-foot structure will also be Salesforce Tower’s neighbor, albeit a slightly shorter one.

Exchange Place - Chinatown

Rendering courtesy of Exchange Place

After it was relegated to development purgatory for a few decades, this 19-story tower is finally taking shape on the edge of San Francisco’s Chinatown. "This was one of the most complex approvals I’ve ever done in my entire life," Jeffrey Heller of Heller Manus Architects told Hoodline. Curbed SF reports that the Mining Exchange Building once stood on the site, so the new development preserved part of the old name and facade. The tower is being built alongside its sister project, the 500 Pine Street building, which is already complete and includes a rooftop park. 

Folsom Bay Tower - South Beach

Rendering courtesy of Folsom Bay Tower

This structure is perhaps most notable for its unique corkscrew shape. It’ll also add 391 residential units to the heart of a housing-starved city, where residents will be just blocks from the Bay Bridge and the Embarcadero, according to designer Studio Gang. Developers are also planning 10,000 square feet of retail space in the structure. The 422-foot spire in the South Beach neighborhood is still at least a couple years away from completion, having only begun construction in 2017. When it does go up, you can bet it’ll add a “twist” to the city’s collection of high-rise towers. 

500 Folsom - Financial District 

Rendering courtesy of 500 Folsom

Located almost equidistant from the hearts of the Financial District and South Beach neighborhoods, the 500 Folsom building will include 43 floors rising 440 feet into the sky. The shuffled exterior will give the multifamily housing structure a unique look among the city’s other towers. According to the developer, the foundation pour was done with 8,218 cubic yards of concrete — that’s enough to lay down 32 miles of city sidewalk.

706 Mission - Mission District

Rendering courtesy of 706 Mission

This 500-foot tower rising 43 stories will one day house San Francisco’s Mexico Museum on the ground floor with many luxury condos above. The Mission District building will also be just a stone’s throw away from another museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Per the San Francisco Business Times, the project will likely be one of the most expensive residential towers ever constructed in the city, costing a cool $500 million. Notably, the tower is the latest development from Millennium Partners, who also spearheaded the sinking Millennium Tower

505 Brannan - SoMa

Rendering courtesy of 505 Brannan

While the 505 Brannan in SoMa is currently slated at just six-stories, the developer plans to expand the size of the project so that the tower can reach 20 stories. Curbed SF reports that Pinterest has already laid claim to 505 Brannan as its future home, having signed a lease on all 150,000 square feet of office space. The photo-sharing site is currently located down the road at 808 Brannan and has been on the lookout for new headquarters over the past few years. 

150 Van Ness - Hayes Valley

Rendering courtesy of 150 Van Ness

When this 13-story building is complete, it will add 420 new residential units, 9,000 square feet of retail space, and below-ground parking to the key intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Hayes Street in Hayes Valley, according to Clark Construction. Residents will also be able to enjoy several amenities, including a rooftop terrace, swimming pool, spa, yoga studio, and basketball courts. Since breaking ground last year, the building has risen quickly and it’s poised to reach completion sometime in 2018.

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