David Baker Architects

888 Seventh Street

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

Green stair at dusk. Image: Brian Rose

King Street view of entry passage between building and "egg". 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.

Image: Brian Rose

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

Image: Brian Rose

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

Private entries to townhouses face King Street. Image: Brian Rose

Typical upper floor plan.

Ground level site plan.

Aerial view of 888 Seventh Street against the San Francisco skyline.


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

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

King Street elevation. Image: Brian Rose

Entry detail with Equesetum. Image: Brian Rose

Seventh Street elevation. Image: Brian Rose

Glass sound walls protect the courtyards from the noise of the adjacent train. Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Green stair by day. Image: Brian Rose

Two-story townhouses face onto the Mission Creek Greenbelt and Bikeway. Image: Brian Rose

Bird's-eye view of the bike path.

Aerial view of 888 Seventh with developing Mission Bay neighborhood to the south.

Almost done. The elliptical double-height space, currently the sales office, is slated to house a cafe.

An early vision of the "egg", the double-height retail space topped by three-bedroom units. Rendering generated by PowderHaus Studios from DB+P's Revit working drawing.

View across the Caltrain yards of the 7th Street elevation.

View of 888 Seventh from the corner of Seventh and King streets.

View of 888 Seventh from the South.

888 Seventh looking North from Seventh Street.

Elevation of green stair and bike path from neighboring gravel yard.

Entry to one of the two story townhouses facing the Mission Creek Greenway.

One of the main courtyards with the colored glass sound-wall.

One of the main courtyards with the colored glass sound-wall.

This is a sound wall to block train noise.

View of the stairs that lead to the courtyard.

The soundwall at night.

The view of Potrero Hill from private terraces.

The view of Potrero Hill from private terraces.

Convenient bike parking is located next to one of the main entrances.

Entry passage, green stair, and bike parking at night.

Green stair from multi-use path.

Green stair and double height corridor/lobby from the Mission Creek Path.

Green stair elevation.

An open-air stair tower with city views encourages residents to bypass the elevators. Giant bamboo will grow tall in the stair spiral.

The sunbathing lawn and mixed use path in the publically accessible open space.

King Street elevation.

Detail of the building's red shingles.

A view of king street looking west.

Super graphic building signage facing Seventh Street.

View of interior corridor.

View of interior corridor.

View down the hallway at the top of the stairs.


The interior of a studio apartment looking out to its terrace in the courtyard.

The "Egg" set up as the sales center. A cafe will open here after sales are completed.

Community room.

Resident mailboxes.

Retail frontage along 7th Street with residences above. Rendering by PowderHaus Studios generated from Revit working drawing.

The future Mission Creek Bikeway and Greenbelt bisects the site. Rendering generated from Revit working drawing model by PowderHaus Studios.

Aerial view from site plan perspective.

Aerial view.

Aerial view.

Axonometric sketch by David Baker of townhouse facing King Street.

Greenway and bikepath sketch.

Three-bedroom penthouse unit in the works.

Construction along 7th street.

Interior hallway under construction.

Multi-hued shingles on the Seventh Street elevation.

Variegated sawdust-and-cement shingles.

The "egg" under construction.

Glass sound wall frame.

The glass sound wall from outside.

The glass soundwall from the interior courtyard.


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endorsed by:

Housing Action Coalition

project details


Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments, Market-Rate, Mixed-Use, San Francisco


San Francisco, California


A.F. Evans


David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

Smith + Smith

Structural Engineer

Tipping Mar + Associates

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Geotech Engineer

Treadwell + Rollo

Acoustical Engineer

Wilson Ihrig + Associates


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
type  embedded