PresidiO Parklands Competition

San Francisco, California, USA

The New Presidio Parklands, which have arisen from the replacement of the elevated highway that cut through the Presidio for seven decades with a below-grade roadway covered by tunnels, will link the heart of the Presidio to Crissy Field and offer visitor amenities and panoramic Golden Gate views.

The Presidio Trust, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service, asked five teams to develop creative concepts to inspire ideas about what could happen at the site.

Team West 8’s proposal is rooted in the elegance of this extraordinary setting, and is intended to honor the site’s legacy as a military post, and engage the surrounding communities.The vision features microcosms of PresidiO experiences: a central elliptical lawn and gathering space, forests to explore, botantical gardens, wetlands, boardwalks and expansive views. These are composed to create an unrivaled destination for the Presidio that is recognizable and memorable, and full of surprises.

Enhanced by layers of program, activitiy and engagement, the design concept for the Presidio Parklands utilizes a flexible approach that is not a grand solution, but a series of explorations and opportunities that inform a collective vision for the PresidiO. Elegant, powerful and respectful Team West 8’s design for the PresidiO Parklands creates a destination and landscape unlike any other.

For more information on the project visit: New Presidio Parklands Project
To read what the Press are saying visit: Wired Design


The Presidio Trust in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service


Bionic, Sitelab Urban Studio, Jensen Architects, The Cultural Landscape Foundation | Consultants: Magnusson Klemencic Associates Inc., Nelson Nygaard, Wendy MacNaughton, Volume Inc., ESA, ETM Associates LLC., AECOM, Architectural Resources Group Inc.