888 Seventh Street Affordable Housing, All projects, Apartments, Market-Rate, Mixed-Use, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

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The "egg", an elliptical cafe space under apartments. Image: Brian Rose

Green stair at dusk. Image: Brian Rose

This design, located in the Showplace Square district of San Francisco, is a new mixed-use development of retail space and 224 dwelling units, a mixture of 170 affordable and 54 market-rate-ownership units. Affordable and market-rate units share all the amenities, including a dramatic double-height cafe, retail that wraps to hide the garage, and an art-lined open green space with a path for walkers and cyclists.

888 7th Street as seen from Mariposa Street in Potrero Hill.

This Greenway was created on top of the buried Mission Creek. The paved trail is part of the Mission Creek Bicycle Trail. Image: Brian Rose

Entries to two story townhouses facing the Mission Creek Greenway.

A segment of the Mission Creek Greenway and Bikeway is located on the site. This newly created half-acre of public open space serves as a neighborhood amenity and provides pedestrian and bicycle access, connecting the Mission District to Mission Bay and downtown.

Small courtyard on King Street. Image: Brian Rose

Typical upper floor plan.

Ground level site plan.

Time lapse construction videos are available on line at http://dbooth.net/movies.cfm.

From the rooftop across the street from the site, Adobe employee Donald Booth documented this project's progress since the demolition of the warehouse that previously stood on the site. A camera atop his office across the street took a digital photo of the construction every minute from about sunrise to 4 p.m. each weekday, which he then assembled into short videos. To watch 888 Seventh Street grow before your very eyes, click here.


David Baker + Partners Architects
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Housing Action Coalition

project details


A.F. Evans


David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

Smith + Smith

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Structural Engineer

Tipping Mar + Associates

Acoustical Engineer

Wilson Ihrig + Associates

Geotech Engineer

Treadwell + Rollo


Roberts-Obayashi Corporation

Civil Engineer


CAD Renderings

PowderHaus Studios



project data
888 Seventh Street
San Francisco, California
completed June 2008
number of units
studio 61
1 bedroom 49
2 bedroom 81
3 bedroom 33
total 224
retail sf 7,215
density ratios
project sf 332,172
site sf 93,218
acres 2.1
total bedrooms 371
bedrooms/acre 173
units/acre 105
total 238
spaces/unit 1.05
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