Cargo Container Architecture in Hayes Valley

P1220852High-end clothing store in Hayes Valley, made of three cargo containers.

P1220853The 1989 earthquake caused the Central Freeway to be demolished, leaving a parcel of land unused. The California Department of Transportation gave the land to the City of San Francisco, which permitted the temporary installation of some cargo container-based  buildings. You can read more about it here.

P1220862There’s also a container-based beer garden and an ice cream store.

P1220861Now we know that the elevated freeways, the Central and the Embarcadero, were horrible for the city. They were dirty and noisy, blocked views, and took up valuable land, all for a few minutes of convenience for motorists. In their absence, lovely, lively urban spaces have blossomed. Funny how an earthquake can teach us about land use and urban planning.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: