Rem Koolhaas designing new SF tower

Dutch starchitect Rem Koolhaas is coming to San Francisco as it was announced today that his team, led by developers Related California, were chosen by the city to design a 550-foot residential tower in the heart of San Fran on Folsom Street (between First and Fremont streets).

The new tower will, of course, be a mixed-use building consisting of condos and rental apartments, of which 27 percent must be affordable to residents making 60 percent of the area’s median income ($58,250 for a family of four, according to SFGate.)


That’s right, Lloyd! You and I may actually have a chance to afford a swanky apartment in the fast-rising, high-cost heart of San Francisco.

There is only one rendering of the Koolhaas tower online (above) and from the looks of it, more of Rem’s signature diagonals form the building’s shape. I love the silhouette of both the building on the corner and the high-rise (of what we can see) and the subtle addition of greenery is a nice touch as well. I’ve certainly got my eyes peeled to developments on this project. Should be a fascinating final product.

And for those hip hop fans/casual design fans who may know the name Rem Koolhaas, but not sure from where… He’s likely familiar to you because Kanye West has long praised the architect and even appears in Tomas Koolhaas’ (Rem’s son) documentary.