This 268-unit condo residence targeting first-time buyers replaces a brownfield parcel in a transitional neighborhood. Now, it couldn’t be less brown. Scaled for varying contexts, its three buildings—with units ranging from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom townhomes—exude a fresh, clean vibe, and collectively wrap around a landscaped courtyard. The architects also incorporated greenbelts in vertical sections, specifying living roofs (with recreation decks) on the low- and mid-rise buildings to reduce rainwater runoff and mitigate heat, while providing verdant views for units looking down from above.

Each building’s ventilated rainscreen cladding serves a practical purpose, allowing for enhanced insulation and improved indoor air quality in a climate prone to moisture intrusion. But clever façade assemblies of the technology, along with Aegean colors, also give each elevation its own personality.

Here’s a project that’s also super likeable from a green standpoint. More than 1,000 tons of jobsite waste were recycled during construction, and nearly half of the new building materials were made from recycled content or regionally sourced. Water-conserving plumbing fixtures now result in water savings of 42 percent (about 1.8 million gallons annually), and drought tolerant landscaping with drip irrigation systems are expected to save an additional 200,000 gallons of water per year.

Category: Green/Sustainable project
Entrant/Architect: Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, San Francisco
Builder: Bovis Lend Lease, San Francisco
Developer: Arterra Mission Bay, San Francisco
Landscape architect: Marta Fry Landscape Associates, San Francisco

Learn more about markets featured in this article: San Francisco, CA.