Armstrong Place Affordable Housing, All projects, BRIDGE Housing, San Francisco, Townhouses
San Francisco, California

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The entry courtyards face Bancroft Street. Image: Brian Rose

This project was designed and built in tandem with Armstrong Senior. Together the projects won a 2012 ULI Global Award for Excellence noting their effect as a catalyst for development in the neighborhood. The Urban Land Institute's Global Awards for Excellence recognize developments that have an enduring impact on diverse communities.



Located in San Francisco’s Bayview District, this affordable family townhouse community is part of a trend of transit-oriented development along Third Street, and lies just a block from a stop of the new Muni Third Street Light Rail. It was designed and built in conjunction with the adjacent Armstrong Senior Housing, which brings new neighborhood-serving retail space and community services to the area.

Two sections of stacked townhouses flank a large shared open public courtyard and also each feature a private gated courtyard. The central public courtyard features allotment gardens for families to grow food and flowers, as well as a rain garden to manage and clean stormwater biodynamically.

"Just... fun! The architect takes a complex program and enlivens it and creates a wonderfully playful place. Joyful, bold, and full of life...this shows a great collaboration of site, purpose, and design."
—2011 AIA Housing Awards jury

Image: Brian Rose

Main Courtyard

The smaller courtyards have pergola seating areas.

The picnic lamp over the table trellis in the small courtyards.

Duplex townhomes turn the corner at Bancroft and Mendel. Image: Brian Rose

Additionally ten three-story townhomes with private garages line Mendell Street, which is designed with pedestrian-friendly features such as pavers and extensive plantings. Surrounding the development, the street edge is lined with curbside bioswales—landscaped swaths that add green and collect and manage stormwater runoff.

Armstrong Place is separated from Armstrong Senior Housing by a landscaped pedestrian way linking Armstrong and Bancroft streets.
David Baker + Partners Architects
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2012 Global Award for Excellence
Urban Land Institute
Gold Nugget Merit Award: Multi-Generational Concepts
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Builder's Choice Merit Award—Best Affordable/Workforce Housing
Builder Magazine
MFE Affordable Project of the Year
Multi-Family Executive Magazine
Real Estate Deals of the Year: Affordable Housing (In San Francisco)
San Francisco Business Times
AIA Housing Award
American Institute of Architects

project details


BRIDGE Housing

Affiliated Government Agency

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency


David Baker Architects

Associate Architect

TSH International

Landscape Architect

Adrienne Wong Associates

Structural Engineer

OLMM Consulting Engineers

Electrical Engineer

Bhatia Associates

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Geotech Engineer

Treadwell + Rollo

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer

Tommy Siu + Associates

Acoustical Engineer

Wilson Ihrig + Associates


Roberts-Obayashi Corporation

Civil Engineer

Luk + Associates


project data
Armstrong Place
Armstrong + 3rd streets
San Francisco, California
Completed January 2010
number of units
2 bedroom 52
3 bedroom 48
4 bedroom 24
total 124
density ratios
project sf 238,400
site sf 101,700
acres 2.33
total bedrooms 344
bedrooms/acre 148
units/acre 53
total 124
spaces/unit 1
type garage