updated 04:20 pm EDT, Fri June 28, 2013
Fountain may stay
San Francisco's city planning department has called for changes to Apple's upcoming Union Square store in a preliminary project assessment, the San Francisco Chronicle says. Apple's current proposal was sharply criticized in May, mainly for issues like an 80-foot blank wall along Stockton Street, and the expected removal of a popular fountain sculpted by Ruth Asawa. The Chronicle's coverage drew attention from SF mayor Ed Lee, who said he would re-examine Apple's plans.
The new assessment argues that Apple's proposed building would show too much glass on Post Street, and too much metal on Stockton. Some suggestions for improving the facades include adding colors, textures, and/or vertical design elements on Post, and either incorporating windows into the Stockton side or pulling it back enough to allow for landscaping and/or seats. The entrance should be made more inviting, the planners add, and the fountain should remain in place. If keeping the fountain is too difficult however, Apple is asked to help find a new location for it.
Lee comments that an agreement on the fountain may be near. "I've had some very good conversations with Apple and the managers of the [nearby] Hyatt," the mayor says. "I think a decision will be made in a short period of time."