One Maritime Plaza (SWA 3)

Designers: SWA Group, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Marino Marini, Henry Moore, Charles Perry, Jan Peter Stern, Robert Woodward | City: San Francisco, CA | Project Type: urban plaza, sculpture garden, fountain
Date Visited: 11.03.12

Locations: 300 Clay Street San Francisco, CA
Official Opening Date: 1967

Sasaki, Walker and Associates designed this second-story roof garden plaza and outdoor sculpture garden around the base of one of San Francisco’s tallest and most recognizable buildings. Made up of a five formal rectilinear lawn panels and concrete pathways, the garden features work from artists such as Marino Marini and Henry Moore.

Like many of the other privately-owned public spaces in downtown San Francisco, the landscape at One Maritime Plaza park is immaculately manicured and clean. There aren’t any seating areas on the rooftop plaza; the site looks as if its mainly meant to be enjoyed for activities like strolls and quick breaks rather than as a place to linger and relax.

Other than the sculpture pieces that punctuate the center of the formal lawn squares, at the base of the building sits the fountain designed by Robert Woodward, an internationally renowned Australian fountain designer known for his geometrically shaped work. Woodward’s most famous invention was the dandelion sphere fountain, which has been used all around the world and is also featured at One Maritime Plaza park in the half-dome version. It was neat to finally see Woodward’s work in person after having seen pictures of the dandelion fountain multiple times in university as concept imagery.

One Response to “One Maritime Plaza (SWA 3)”

  1. Sarah says:

    dandelion fountain :)

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