THIS MIXED-USE PROJECT provides affordable housing for seniors in a new neighborhood adjacent to San Francisco's South of Market area. It is the first building in the country to allot a specific percentage of the residential units for seniors living with AIDS, says architect Tom Brutting. The vibrant building also houses a community center, retail space, a public library branch, and a day health center. This combination of spaces helps foster intergenerational interaction that has been shown to enhance seniors' lives.

Category: Affordable housing; Entrant/Architect: Hardison Komatsu Ivelich & Tucker, Oakland, Calif.; Consulting architect: Santos Prescott and Associates, San Francisco; Builder: Cahill Contractors, San Francisco; Landscape architect: Antonia Bava Landscape Architects, San Francisco; Interior designer: Marie Fisher Interior Design, San Francisco

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