About Encinal Tower
The Encinal Tower is a skyscraper proposed for construction in Downtown Oakland, California. The mixed-use tower is planned to rise 715 feet (218 m) and contain 56 floors for office and residential use. The current project design consists of a glass and X-bracing-covered cylindrical building with one side that resembles a roll of fabric unraveling. If built, the skyscraper would be the tallest building in Oakland and third-tallest in the Bay Area after 555 California Street and the Transamerica Pyramid, both located in San Francisco. The project has undergone several design and name changes since it was first proposed in 2006. The project is located in Downtown Oakland a few blocks away from Lake Merritt and right next to the 19th Street BART station. The site is bounded by Broadway, Franklin, 19th, and 20th streets. Several lowrise buildings and a parking lot currently inhabit the proposed building site. The developers of the project are Chengben (Peter) Wang, and Encinal; the architect is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The building has the shape of an oval cylinder with one side that curves outward and downward.