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Presidio Update: Say Good-Bye to the Sports Basement and Hello to a New Use for the Old Commissary Building

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Ooh, it’s a beauty contest to see what’s going to replace the Sports Basement near Crissy Field.

I’ll tell you, the proposal from George Lucas stands out, does it not?

Check it:

He’s all, “There is a world of young people who need to be inspired” ‘n stuff.

Consider him a front-runner.

All the deets and info from the 16 contestants:

“CONCEPTS ABOUND FOR RE-USE OF PRESIDIO’S FORMER COMMISSARY BUILDING - WIDE RANGE OF PROPOSALS TO BE CONSIDERED

Presidio of San Francisco (March 5, 2013) – The Presidio Trust announced today that it has received 16 concept proposals for repurposing a stunning site on Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site and national historic landmark district just south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

“We are encouraged with the number and quality of responses and look forward to engaging the public and evaluating concepts over the coming months,” said Craig Middleton, the Trust’s executive director. “Finding a new purpose for this incomparable site clearly has stirred the imaginations of teams from around the country.”

The 16 concepts are:

Is This the Martian Embassy or the Marin County Civic Center?

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

It’s the Marin County Civic Center as designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Check it:

Portions of the science fiction films THX 1138 (1969) and Gattaca (1997) were shot on location in the Marin Center. In addition, the buildings (especially those in the fairgrounds) served as a direct inspiration to those of the planet Naboo in the Star Wars films.

This building is perhaps best known these days as the location of one of the offices of Senator Carole Migden. Here’s what it looks like from above.

 

As seen from the the 101 freeway from the north. Click to expand.

“The long horizontal buildings gracefully link the crowns of three separate hills. The circular theme is evident throughout the complex. Materials throughout the Civic Center are simple. Floors are custom-colored composition tile. Walkways and stairs are terrazzo, and partitions are sheet rock. The barrel-arched roof is of pre-cast concrete. The roof is a blue that blends with the sky. Walls are sand beige. Basic construction is pre-cast, pre-stressed floor systems with combined steel and concrete vertical supports. Exterior balconies run down the outsides of both buildings. The decorative arches create a sense of rhythm, and are made of cement stucco on metal laths.

“Gold spheres outline the entire interior and exterior rooflines. They create the effect of rhythmic unity and exemplify the Oriental influence Wright displayed in his work. They have been likened to raindrops and called, by some, a string of pearls.