If the Board of Supervisors of the America’s Cup approves of SanFrancisco hosting the 34th America’s Cup yacht race, then we could hopeto the most environmentally friendly race on record. Conceptualized bySkidmore, Owings & Merrill architect, the proposal suggests thetransformation of dilapidated piers 30-32 at the foot of Bryant Streetand Pier 50 south of the ballpark into a striking bayfront amphitheaterand sailing showplace.
Under the plan, some existing buildings would be reused, whilerecycled materials would help in repairing piers. There are plans for asailing village, which would house a public hub at Piers 30-32, whereconcessions, a club and an amphitheater with a jumbo monitor would beerected under a huge sail-like canopy.
The photovoltaic cell covered canopy’s mast will be made fromlaminated recycled wood. The canopy could be used for both rainwatercollection and solar energy production, in addition to provide shelterfrom rain, wind and direct sun to the spectators. The next exciting race will be held in 2013 or 2014, but San Francisco claims to get theirfacilities ready by the end of 2012.