Taking over the site of a disused motel, this project will provide green, supportive housing for formerly homeless families and bring new life and “eyes on the street” to the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.
The transit-oriented housing is well placed for residents without cars: It is adjacent to the Muni light rail line and will also provide social services on-site.
The building steps down along the steep slope of Le Conte Street, its massing broken into discrete volumes to reflect the residential neighborhood fabric. The five-story building fronts both Le Conte and Third streets and wraps around a large communal courtyard that features many uses for the enjoyment of all residents.
A picnic area and playground are surrounded by an “edible landscape,” an 8,500-square-foot urban garden made of raised planting beds that allow residents to get their hands dirty and grow their own food. The garden, while protected, is visually open to provide a glimpse of green to passersby through the building entry.