David Baker Architects

1629 Market Street


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View at Market Street and 12th. Image: David Baker Architects

Spanning a full block between 12th and Brady Streets on Market Street in downtown San Francisco, this project is sited in the Market Street/Van Ness Avenue redevelopment corridor where several large new developments are slated. The rapidly changing neighborhood has historically been known more for its vacant and surface parking lots than vibrant mixed-use development.

Developed by Strada Investment Group, the design is a collaboration between David Baker Architects, Associate Architect Kennerly Architecture & Planning, and CMG Landscape Architecture. 1629 Market aims to contribute to the revitalization of the neighborhood by re-knitting the site into its surrounding context, creating active street edges, and vastly improving the quality of the public realm.

A complex development, the intricate plan features six buildings, including a total of 579 new market-rate and affordable residences and a replacement for the Local 38 Plumbers’ Union Hall. The plan re-imagines the surrounding street and alley network, creates a new public park, and adds a mid-block passageway connecting Market Street to the new park.

The creation of a robust public realm is a major driving force in the project, which will provide more than 20,000 square feet of new public open space.

The site presents a number of challenges, including the presence of two historic resources, BART tunnels below grade, and phasing issues.

 

Fine-grained Urbanism

The project will bring a diversity of architectural styles and typologies to the Market Street frontage, while maintaining the existing historic resources, which include the Civic Center Hotel SRO building on Market and 12th Streets and the Lesser Brothers commercial building at Market and Brady Streets. The Civic Center Hotel will be refreshed and renovated by David Baker Architects, who is also designing the new UA Local 38 office building as well as the 1629 Market Street market-rate housing (Building B). At the corner of Brady and Market, Kennerly Architecture and Planning has designed the 1 Brady Street market-rate housing (Building A), which rises above the preserved Lesser Brothers commercial storefront.

Diagram: Active edges at ground level. Image: David Baker Architects

 

Active Edges

In order to breath new life into the surrounding public realm and streets-cape, the ground floor of each building is carefully designed to support active uses. Market and 12th Streets will feature ample new commercial spaces. Ground floor patios and stoops will activate Brady Street, the mid-block mews, and Mazzola Gardens. A new retail space with outdoor seating will front Brady Street at the corner of Mazzola Gardens. Stevenson Street will be lined with new retail and resident community spaces.

View at the corner of Market and Brady Streets. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Site circulation. Image: David Baker Architects

 

Site Porosity

The urban design of the two-acre site aims to maximize porosity. A new east-west view corridor and circulation path will be created across the site at Stevenson Street. Additionally, a  mid-block mews will provide a new north-south connection between Market Street and Mazzola Gardens.

 

Pedestrian mews view looking south towards Mazzola Gardens. Image: David Baker Architects

Pedestrian mews view looking north towards Market Street. Image: David Baker Architects

View west on Stevenson Street, which will be converted to a curbless pedestrian-friendly alley, towards Mazzola Gardens. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Extensive public-realm improvements. Image: David Baker Architects

 

Public Realm

David Baker Architects and CMG Landscape Architecture are designing a robust new public realm for the site, once occupied primarily by parking lots. In addition to substantial streetscape improvements—such as the transformation of Colton and Stevenson Streets into pedestrian-friendly "living alleys"—the project will create more than 20,000 square feet of new public open space including a new park, Mazzola Gardens, and a mid-block pedestrian connection from Market Street to the park.

 

View of Mazzola Gardens, a new public open space, from Brady Street looking East. Image: David Baker Architects

Site Plan. Image: CMG Landscape Architecture

View looking south from Mazzola Gardens towards 53 Colton Affordable Housing designed by David Baker Architects, which will add 100 new affordable homes. 53 Colton will be co-developed and managed by Community Housing Partnership (CHP). Image: David Baker Architects

View at Market Street and 12th. Image: David Baker Architects

View at Market Street and 12th. Image: David Baker Architects

View of Mazzola Gardens, a new public open space, from Brady Street looking East. Image: David Baker Architects

View at the corner of Market and Brady Streets. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Pedestrian mews view looking south towards Mazzola Gardens. Image: David Baker Architects

Pedestrian mews view looking north towards Market Street. Image: David Baker Architects

View west on Stevenson Street, which will be converted to a curbless pedestrian-friendly alley, towards Mazzola Gardens. Image: David Baker Architects

View looking south from Mazzola Gardens towards 53 Colton Affordable Housing designed by David Baker Architects, which will add 100 new affordable homes. 53 Colton will be co-developed and managed by Community Housing Partnership (CHP). Image: David Baker Architects

Site Plan. Image: CMG Landscape Architecture

Mazzola Gardens plan. Image: CMG Landscape Architecture

Elevation at Market Street. The entire Market Street frontage will feature active ground floors with substantial commercial space. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Extensive public-realm improvements. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Site circulation. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Active edges at ground level. Image: David Baker Architects

project details

Category

Market-Rate, On the Boards

​Location

San Francisco, California

Developer

Strada Investment Group

Architect

David Baker Architects

Associate Architect

Kennerly Architecture & Planning

Landscape Architect

CMG Landscape Architects

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www.dbarchitect.com/1629Market

project data
1629 Market Street 21401
San Francisco, California
In Design
number of units
studio 129
1 bedroom 184
2 bedroom 166
SRO at 53 Colton Street Affordable Building 100
total 579
commercial
retail sf  13,000
density ratios
project sf 501,000
site sf 92,020
acres 2.1
units/acre 276