Warriors Chase Center Arena


San Francisco, California

Project Info
Warriors Chase Center Arena
San Francisco, California
September 2019, 450,000 GSF, LEED Gold goal

Pfau Long Architecture, in association with A3 Partners, is the design architect for the mixed-use office & retail building
on the corner of 3rd and 16th Street as part of the larger development of Mission Bay Blocks 29-32. The 11 acre site is the
future location of the Golden State Warriors' new, state-of-the-art multi-purpose event center. The approximately 18,000-
seat event center will be the home of the Golden State Warriors' basketball team, and will host a variety of other activities
including concerts, family shows, other sporting events, cultural and theatrical shows, conferences, and civic events. The
site also includes structured parking, open public plazas, and other amenities that will activate the site during non-event

Pfau Long Architecture's (in association with A3 Partners) scope for the project is comprised of two towers mixed use
office and retail towers. The 16th Street Office & Retail building's two-part massing combines a 6-story mixed-use podium
and a 11-story office tower, anchoring the corner of 16th and 3rd Streets. The design for the tower, tear-dropped in plan,
will complement the event center's curvilinear aesthetic and that of the other structures on-site without mimicking it.
Projected and shaped aluminum sunshade blades add texture to the sleek, curved glass form. The tower will be differentiated
from its context in Mission Bay by its warmth, color, irregularity, and curves. The building form is envisioned to be
highly functional and flexible with respect to tenant layouts. The tower is shifted to the south side of the building, allowing
for uninterrupted floor plates, and sweeping city and Bay views. Together with the other tower on-site, the 16th Street
Office & Retail building will have a distinctive presence on the San Francisco skyline, and create a strong sense of place
surrounding the event center. The variation in height between the podium, tower, and expression of the retail use below
will express an appropriate transition in scale from 3rd Street, while creating a strong sense of verticality between the tower
and the street at grade along 16th Street.