This site map illustrates the connections between the public and private realms—the streets, plazas and parks, buildings and infrastructure, the shoreline and the Bay itself.
Illustrative Site PlanCove
The Cove Terrace is a prominent public and private plaza, lined with active ground floor restaurant and cafes, located at the top of a terraced bank with panoramic views to downtown San Francisco.Public
Located at the heart of the village and the foot of the Big Green, the Public Market and plaza serves as a major destination and gathering place for India Basin. Flexible pavilions designed to be modular and evolve over time provide seating, shade, community spaces and stalls for local vendors and artisans, as well as restrooms and other park amenities.Town
The Town Triangle functions as the secondary gathering space for the residents of the Flats and the Hillside, distinct and different from the larger Public Market. Lined with neighborhood-serving retail, the Triangle’s public realm role is to provide flexible plaza space for small-scale gatherings and activities.Shoreline
The shoreline is a dynamic land-waterscape. Existing tidal marshes and natural forming sand dunes are retained and expanded to increase habitat potential. A perched sand area and deck terrace serve as a regional attraction for sunbathing, beach sports and kayaking.Big Green
The Big Green is an active waterfront destination with forms, spaces and programs that have a “wild” character, reflecting the unique qualities of the existing site.Perched
A perched sand area midway up the bank provides recreational amenities at the Bay’s edge, and is designed to adapt into a tidally influenced beach with rising sea levels.Transit
As a pedestrian-priority district, the urban design framework for the project shifts once industrial proportions to the scale of the pedestrian. Pedestrian passages are provided at mid-block distances on Innes Avenue to increase permeability and prioritize access to the shoreline. A network of pedestrian pathways permeate the site to offer a range of access routes and experiences from direct and intuitive passages, to meandering trails that provide a sense of discovery.
Streets & Laneways
To promote healthy life styles and reduce auto-traffic and emissions, street designs are intended to support walking, the use of bicycles and public transportation. Bicycle and pedestrian pathways connect India Basin to surrounding sites, as well as the citywide network of bicycle and pedestrian routes.
Open Space Network
The public realm plays a central role in establishing the character of this new pedestrian-priority neighborhood, providing a wide range of active and passive uses and experiences – from the dynamic energy of the Public Market, to the small-scale neighborhood plazas, to the expansive wilds of the shoreline. The signature open space features of the project are the Big Green and Shoreline. Secondary gatherings places are public nodes at the intersection of project sub-areas at the Cove Terrace, the Town Triangle, and The Beach.
India Basin is a performance-based, innovative, smart, site-specific, and economically viable district that serves as a replicable model of progressive sustainability. The project’s district sustainability approach is designed to adapt to the changing demands and conditions of future project phases to maximize efficiency, adapt to unprecedented conditions, and strive for excellence throughout the lifespan of the project.
The land use designations for India Basin advance a 21st century model for healthy, vibrant and complete neighborhoods. A complete neighborhood is one that offers services and amenities to residents and visitors that are convenient and pedestrian-accessible. The project connects into and completes the Hunters Point neighborhood by adding a wide range of key public services and retail amenities so that the surrounding community can meet basic needs within a 10-15 minute walk.
The India Basin project’s focus on public life compels integration of development with a dynamic open space system of distinct parks, plazas and gathering places. Within each project place, unique signature places provide a richness of public realm offerings from wild and serene shorelines, to active and programmed recreation areas, to urban plazas and courtyards.
Essential to the development of India Basin are access and mobility improvements that expand transportation options and promote walking, cycling and public transit use over dependence on private automobiles. The project provides a convenient and attractive transit plaza at the intersection of Innes Avenue and Arelious Walker – the main entry to the site.
BUILD’s Planning efforts have focused on expanding access for pedestrians and bicyclists, resulting in an integrated transportation network that provides convenient non-motorized access to the India Basin neighborhood and beyond. A major feature of this network is a new Class I, dedicated and protected cycle track that connects from India Basin Shoreline Park through the 900 Innes Site, along New Hudson Street and into Northside Park.
Conceptual Understory Planting Place
Understory planting is an important aesthetic and ecological component of the India Basin public realm. Understory planting provides a range of benefits, including reduction of impervious surface, habitat and ecological function, buffering pedestrian areas from vehicular zones, and helping define the character and identity of India Basin
The Urban Form requirements focus density near transit and amenities, create places that are appropriately scaled, shield public spaces from prevailing winds to promote comfort, and form a varied and visually appealing skyline. Massing and scale of development steps down gradually from the upper level along Innes Avenue towards the waterfront, echoing and accentuating India Basin’s topography, intuitively guiding people to the San Francisco Bay and reinforcing the structure and legibility of the community.