Eleven teams submitted bids in response to the tender process organised by the Port, as reported last July. The aim was to come up with new uses and to integrate the Alfonso XII dock into the surrounding landscape more effectively. The winning project, named “La Ventana del Puerto”, includes a strong cultural component with the creation of exhibition spaces, including one close to the cruise terminal, and plans to showcase existing cultural installations and amenities. It will also create a multi-purposes public space equipped with mobile pergolas, gardens and play areas for children. Priority is given to pedestrians and cyclists, with a new underground route for vehicles. The three shortlisted proposals will be displayed at the port authority headquarters.
The international competition was aimed at designing a new Novascotian art gallery, along with public spaces for the waterfront precinct which is to be turned into an “arts district”. The projects shortlisted are currently being presented for public feedback until the end of October.
Since the 2000s, a host of different projects have been announced for the site, including a cruise terminal combined with a hotel and residential units, an arena for the Golden State Warriors, or Georges Lucas’ cultural museum. The Port of San Francisco invited new proposals in February, and has now selected the project put forward by developers Strada TCC Partners and Trammell Crow. The plan includes 850 homes (a quarter of which will be affordable), a floating pool, and new public spaces.
The MoU concerns the regeneration of promenades and other spaces in the area between the port and city. Osorio Lucas, the port’s CEO, stressed the port’s commitment to other measures aimed at promoting city-port integration, including a passenger terminal, cultural and leisure infrastructures, conference hall, and other steps to support the socially excluded.