Life is a lottery
The development will have a positive impact on San Francisco’s housing crisis, with the 102 apartments suitable for a range of households subject to a lottery.
The Canyon is instantly recognisable thanks to its ruggedly textured red-brown façade.
The design references Californian rock formations, and features a landscaped public 'canyon' that cuts diagonally through the building’s plinth, connecting to the offices and to shared amenities for residents.
Providing a lush and lively space for both relaxing and working, this 'canyon' also offers a shortcut from China Basin Park to the heart of the neighbourhood.
The walls of the canyon and of the eastern side of the tower are jagged with step-backs and overhangs giving the impression of steep rocky walls.
These have the added benefit of creating bay windows and balconies for 40 apartments, taking advantage of the city-skyline views and over San Francisco Bay.
The roofs of the plinth are also landscaped with abundant native greenery, creating communal spaces for residents to relax, exercise, or meet friends.
The Canyon helps create connections in several ways, with the landscaped ravine as its focal point, says Nathalie de Vries, MVRDV co-founder.
“The ravine binds the public realm’s shops and restaurants with access to offices and resident services to keep Mission Rock vibrant, and residents can further meet, relax and entertain on The Canyon’s green communal spaces.