The Brisbane Baylands Master Plan

  • Location
    Brisbane, CA
  • Completion Date
  • Size
    700 acres
  • Team
    Client: Universal Paragon Corporation
    Architect: Gensler
    Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers
    Urban Planner: HDR
    Ecologist: Biohabitats
    Sustainability: Thornton Tomasetti
  • Awards
    • 2021: Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design, Unbuilt Landscape – Brisbane Baylands Master Plan
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Comprised primarily of landfill, this 700-acre sweeping site along the San Francisco Bay is geotechnically complex, with tidal limits and rising sea levels. The master plan is a generational opportunity to reclaim and repurpose an industrial fragment and return it to public use. The plan reknits the tidal basin and fresh water wetlands with a land use development vision that balances ecological and social needs with a wide mix of program uses.

Low scale housing development is located closest to transit, creating a gateway into the site at the eastern edge. Residents are close to parks and open greenbelt areas, with a variety of flexible community spaces and gathering areas. To better connect the recreational, residential and working pathways, the site is replanned as a multimodal transportation hub, with ribbons of greenbelts throughout the site. Taken together, the plan reduces the need to travel, and encourages walking, cycling and low carbon transport.

The master plan also restores large swaths of biohabitats in a keystone site between the San Francisco Bay and the San Bruno Mountains. Looking outward, the site will be reconnected to the regional trail system, and contribute to the reassembly of the Bay Shore Trail.

Nine major landscape moments, including three anchoring parks, establish a new ecological vision for the San Francisco and Brisbane communities.

Future flexible planning preserves 170 acres of open space that balances office and R&D space with hospitality and retail. The plan carefully protects and promotes the beauty of the Baylands and connects to existing natural trails and pathways.

The regional trail system connecting the Baylands to the rest of the Bay Area also connects people to nature.