Mission Bay Parking Garage

Alexandria Real Estate – Design/Build team with Turner Construction – associate architects with Gensler

This 810-car garage faces Interstate 280 in San Francisco's Mission Bay district, and serves three research and medical buildings.

According to San Francisco architecture critic John King, "the design plays to the freeway by flashing a taut screen of stainless steel that pulls tight across the structure. During the day, it's designed to shimmer; at night, it will be lit to appear like a glowing cloak.  The approach is smart, taking advantage of the kinetic perspective that comes from cars slicing past at high speeds."

The six story concrete garage structure uses panels of stainless steel mesh on the long sides, with perforated aluminum louvers cladding the narrow ends.  The cladding is supported by exposed galvanized structural steel.