DESPITE ITS AFFORDABLE housing intent, this mixed-use project in the South Market section of San Francisco is designed better than many market-rate residences. The 74-unit complex features studios as well as one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and has six community rooms and a child-care center. Semi-public courtyards provide areas for resident functions, while a car-share pod (where one can rent a car) offers an alternative to those who do not own cars. Instead of designing one continuous, overpowering façade, architect David Baker defined the building with painted fiber cement and stucco for a pleasing street elevation.

CATEGORY: Mixed-use community; ENTRANT / ARCHITECT / INTERIOR DESIGNER: David Baker + Partners, Architects, San Francisco; BUILDER: Cahill/Lem Joint Venture, San Francisco; DEVELOPERS: Citizens Housing Corp., San Francisco; Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp., San Francisco; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Adrienne Wong Associates, San Francisco

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