David Baker Architects

Mission Bay South Block 7 West

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Corner at Fourth Street and Mission Bay Commons Park. Image: DBA

This affordable mixed-use building will fill the western portion of Block 7—on Fourth Street between China Basin and Mission Bay Boulevard North—within Mission Bay South Redevelopment Area.

The development brings 200 residences and 10,000 sf of neighborhood-serving retail to the developing area. The retail arcade wraps around the corner at Mission Bay Boulevard North, creating a lively interaction with the adjacent UCSF campus.

The large building steps down from four stories at the west side of the block to three stories toward the east. The massing is broken into discrete volumes to create a varied, interesting, and accessible street edge.

This high-density design is located along the Fourth Street bicycle route and adjacent to the Third Street Light Rail. It features 200 secure residential bicycle parking spaces as well as visitor bicycle parking. The development design will incorporate a series of complementary sustainable strategies—such as energy efficiency, domestic solar hot-water panels, and drought-tolerant landscaping—to achieve a high GreenPoint Rating.

Entry and green stair facing Mission Bay Commons Park. Image: DBA


This parkway leads to the San Francisco Bay to the North.

The south elevation faces Mission Bay Commons Park. Image: DBA

Pedestrian retail on Fourth Street. Image: DBA


Pedestrian oriented retail stretches along the Fourth Street elevation.

Fourth Street retail frontage. Image: DBA

The China Basin Street entry to the pedestrian mews which runs through the block to Mission Bay Commons Park. Image: DBA


Along China Basin, a landscaped pedestrian corridor provides access to the exterior units, which connect to the mews via raised porches.

Pedestrian mews which runs from China Basin Street to the Mission Bay Commons Park. Image: DBA

Podium-level landscape plan by GLS.


The site and typical upper floor plans.

Street-level landscape plan by GLS. The wonderful Brazilian Landscape Architect and Painter Roberto Burle Marx was inspirational to the design.

Podium courtyard with play zone, planters, and vegetated cactus roof. Image: DBA

Courtyard with private stoops and residential entry. Image: DBA


The building wraps around a large communal open space for gathering and relaxing. At the west side, a second-level podium courtyard tops the embedded garage; at the east a ground-level courtyard features a community pavilion with space and amenities for residents to gather, cook, or do laundry. The courtyard, while secure and protected, is visually open, providing glimpses of green to to passersby through the entryway.

The commons pavilion building in the courtyard. Image DBA

project details


Affordable Housing, All Projects, Current Work, Mixed-Use, On the Boards, San Francisco


San Francisco, CA


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Landscape Architect

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project data
Mission Bay Block 7 West
Mission Bay Boulevard North and Fourth Street
San Francisco, California
In Design
number of units
1-bedroom 72
2-bedroom 128
total 200
retail sf 10,079
density ratios
project sf 230,422
site sf 80,859
acres 1.86
total bedrooms 328
bedrooms/acre 176
units/acre 108
total 100
GreenPoint Rated