San Francisco, California, USA
665,000 square feet / 62,000 square meters
Located in San Francisco’s Financial District, 560 Mission Street is the West Coast headquarters of JPMorgan Chase. The 31-story tower contains 660,000 square feet of office space for multiple tenants, and 465 square meters (5,000 square feet) of retail.
Inspired by the nearby Hallidie Building, the first glass curtain wall building in the western United States, the design of 560 Mission is classical in its symmetrical composition and modern in its materials. The tower rises in a series of setbacks, responding to its dense urban surroundings. The building is clad in glass and aluminum with a weave of aluminum channels adding texture to the wall. This tapestry of lines becomes sparser as the tower rises, but the texture is restored in the final setback, culminating in a cornice-like crown.
The project includes a 1,300-square-meter (14,000-square-foot) plaza and urban park, which includes a bamboo grove and an 84-square-meter (900-square-foot) stone fountain. The fountain serves as the backdrop for the project’s public art installation, a kinetic sculpture by artist George Rickey entitled “Annular Eclipse.” The plaza earned the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Design Merit Award for 2003.
Designed for energy efficiency, the building uses low-e glass to reduce heat gain in warm weather and heat loss in cooler months. For climate control, a variable air volume system keeps fans running close to actual demand. In 2010, 560 Mission was the first multi-tenant building in California to receive Platinum certification under LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations &Maintenance. The building is 60 percent more energy efficient than the national average office building.