To the surprise of no one, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority announced today that the design submitted by Pelli Clarke Pelli architect and the Hines development team to the Transbay competition has officially won the competition. The TJPA retained a jury that studied the designs, and last week the jury unanimously selected the Hines-Pelli design as their favorite of the three, making it quite unlikely that the TJPA would counter that recommendation, particularly when the jury just “happened” to select the design which is potentially most lucrative.
I’ve already written up my impressions of the whole competition and of the Pelli design here and here, so I don’t have much more to say just right now. Nothing is set in stone yet, and this proposal will now enter the muddy processing for planning and approving new projects in San Francisco, which hopefully will be carried out with taste, purpose, care, and vision. It will be exciting to follow the planning and construction of this project for the next several years.