‘Livat Market Street’ building - Public areas

San Francisco, USA

Submit a project Deadline: Wednesday 30 November 2022 - 11am PST

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Deadline: Wednesday 30 November 2022 - 11am PST

01. Team Name

02. Team Composition

03. Team contact

04. Files (.zip format only)

Your Expression of Interest file must contain the following 5 documents:

1) Team form

A dedicated Team form is available in the site's dataroom. Please note the Team form should be submitted in pdf format.

2) Presentation of the project

The project concept (maximum of 10 pages in A3 format). 

3) Illustration board

One board (A0 (864 x 1118 mm) or 3:4 (36x48 inches) format) to present the project. 

4) Implementation plan & legal and financial arrangement

The implementation plan will include estimated budget, timeframes and phasing as well as preferred terms for lease/occupation.Please refer to the Regulation and SR document for more details.

5) Communications Material

The communication material will include 3 images/drawings of the project and a 1-page memo which summarises the project and includes the copyright for the images/drawings. 

These documents must be written in English.

Upload all documents in one file (e.g. a compressed zip file) that must not exceed 1.5 GB.

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The proposed site is located in downtown San Francisco on 945 Market Street (Livat Market Street owned by Ingka Centres); San Francisco’s busiest pedestrian street, bicycle thoroughfare, and transit corridor.

Market Street cuts through the city of San Francisco, forming the central spine of the city; uniting districts along its path. The building was purchased by Ingka Centres in August 2020 and is situated within the Mid-market neighbourhood. 

The Mid-market neighbourhood is anchored by Market Street and bordered by Tenderloin; a neighbourhood which sits at the epicentre of San Francisco and SoMa; a vast district South of Market Street, spanning from the Embarcadero to Van Ness Street. Also known as the ‘tech-corridor’, the Mid-market neighbourhood is now home to Dolby Labs as well as the headquarters of Twitter. The area is seeing a rise in new developments, offering a unique opportunity to take part in the transformation of this key part of the city.

The site proposed for the competition comprises three main spaces: a portion of the Stevenson Street as well as the underground parking space and the commercial unit of the building. The proposal should explore a mix of new sustainable and innovative uses for the parking space and commercial unit, and transform Stevenson street into a green and thriving space. The project aspires to achieve sustainable and inclusive development, creating a place that empowers communities and supports social entrepreneurs and businesses, a place to meet, work, socialise, exploring new ways of collaborating and engaging with society.

Please find the specific regulation for the competition on this site here.

Expected Land Use:

The proposals should include holistic solutions for the entire site, developing a mixed project in accordance with the existing regulations and permitted modifications. Teams should aim to:

  • For the Public space, create a green and thriving public realm, also considering temporary interventions to develop a more inclusive, safe and connected street.
  • For the Parking, reimagine and repurpose the parking into a space that hosts new sustainable services for the neighbourhood, designing with the flexibility to enable use changes.
  • For the Commercial unit include new uses that promote circular economy, innovation, and community inclusion, considering strategies that foster behavioural change & collaboration.

Implementation and Budget

Ingka Centres will lead the implementation of the winning project in collaboration of the winning team and can invest up to 1.25M USD (for the entire site, incl. the three spaces). For the commercial unit/s and parking, Ingka Centres will negotiate the occupation contract/s with the winning team. Ingka Centres may decide to phase the implementation.


Plot Area:  The site is divided into 3 main spaces:

  • Public space: the back alley running behind the building in Stevenson street (~270ft long) 
  • Parking space: 1 level/B3 of parking underground (total 45.000sqft / ~80 parking slots)
  • Commercial unit (534sqft) on the street level next to the parking entrance on Stevenson St.

Site Ownership: 
The building is owned by Ingka Centres (part of Ingka Group). Stevenson Street is a public space owned by the City.

Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest: November 30 11am PST


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945 Market St
94103 San Francisco, California USA