The Presidio (PX) Exchange

San Francisco, California
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The Presidio Exchange (PX) design is a collaborative effort with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (GGNPC). The PX is a proposed park-based cultural center that creates, curates, and hosts unique public experiences at the Presidio—reflecting the heritage of this national park and the creativity of the Bay Area while connecting to the larger world.

Nestled next to the new tunnel tops bluff which connects Crissy Field to the Presidio’s Main Post with two land bridges over Doyle Drive, the final design for the PX provides 55,000 sf of interior program space and two large outdoor courtyards. The proposed building combines elements of the former Commissary building with new construction to the East.

The heart of the project is an X-shaped public gathering space that acts as a public living room and ties the surrounding programs together while connecting the PX to the park on all sides. The PX acts as a programmatic bridge, orienting visitors to a wide variety of offerings within the Presidio and also as a physical bridge–connecting directly to the tunnel tops landscape and beyond, to the Presidio Main Post.

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
55,000 sf
Energy Use Intensity
Predicted: 0 kbtu/sf/yr