The Yard

The primary purpose of The Yard is to harness the rich history and unique experience held at Alcatraz Island, ultimately creating a smooth flow that easily transitions throughout a visitor’s inquisitive arrival to their satisfied departure.


Over 1.4 million people visit the Rock each year to see the infamous hole, take in stunning views of the San Francisco bay area, and to see the home of the world’s most legendary prisoners. Rising from the terrain of the island, a series of spaces are fashioned in a logical continuous form to create an informative hub that addresses the complexities of visiting the site. 


   Once you arrive at the docks you are guided up a serene path that plugs directly into your first destination where you can wait for guided tours or mosey through the gallery and grab a bite to eat at Al ‘Scarface’ Capone’s cafe . The Yard invites visitors to learn about the diverse history of the prison and to discover the many rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of birds that call Alcatraz home. 


  The materiality of The Yard reflects the hard exterior of the existing prison and surrounding buildings of the 19th century. Rising to various heights the new visitor’s center connects to the assortment of existing paths spread across the island. Welcome to Alcatraz, this is The Yard, discover the rock.