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On Thursday, a groundbreaking ceremony kicked off construction of a massive two-tower complex in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, designed to house 2.4 million square feet of office, residential, and hospitality spaces.

Designed by London-based firm Foster + Partners and local firm Heller Manus Architects, Oceanwide Center contains two towers: one topping out at 54 stories, another at 61 stories. The former is shooting for LEED Gold certification, while the latter is designed to achieve LEED Platinum. The project will also include 26,000 square feet of public space.

Foster + Partners/Heller Manus Architects
Foster + Partners/Heller Manus Architects

"I have always had a great fascination for San Francisco—a city with a youthful spirit has allowed it to constantly reinvent itself, yet retain a unique sense of urbanity," said Foster + Partners executive chairman and founder, Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA, in a press release. "The Oceanwide Center encapsulates that essence—it is a pioneering example that combines spaces to live and work with a vibrant public realm in the heart of the city."

Foster + Partners also designed an Apple store in the city's Union Square that opened earlier this year, as well as Apple Campus 2 under construction in nearby Cupertino.

For more information and images about Oceanwide Center, visit ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.