David Baker Architects

SOMA Residences

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The view in 2013. Image: Bruce Damonte

Northern view down Minna.

Located on Mission Street, in the south of market area of San Francisco, this project is comprised of 278 units of that 55 are affordable, sitting on top of a two level mixed use podium. The commercially active Mission Street side of the podium contains street level retail while the residential character of the Minna Street side is reinforced by the presence of 20 ground level live/work lofts. Two levels of commercial and residential parking are located between the live/work and retail.

Main entrance to residences and retail space along Mission Street.

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Poolside view from adjacent pink hotel. Image: Brian Rose

Above the podium, the apartment units are contained in two three-story buildings surrounding two large courtyards. Access to the apartments and courtyards is achieved by a three level bridge/lobby that divides the buildings and the courtyards while connecting all the resultant parts. The entire top floor has loft mezzanine units which feature additional skylights or clerestories.

View of the southern side of the interior courtyard.

The courtyard features a custom water fountain.

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Typical residential floor plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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Site plan.  Image: David Baker Architects

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Section from Mission Street retail through to lofts on rear alley. Image: David Baker Architects

The view in 2013. Image: Bruce Damonte

Southwest view across Mission Street.

Northwestern view across Mission Street.

Live/work units have private, ground-level entrances from Minna Street.

Private entrance detail along Minna Street.

Florescent lights buzz to life as another day winds down. Image: Brian Rose

Crowds "living the SOMA lifestyle" at the Bike-In Movie next door to SOMA Residences.

Vertical front detail.

Northern courtyard.

Detail view of southern side of the color mural along the bridge wall.

The lobby features a custom reception desk by Robert Fukuda + Andre Caradec from Studio Under Manufacture (www.sumarch.com).

The lobby features a custom reception desk by Robert Fukuda + Andre Caradec from Studio Under Manufacture (www.sumarch.com).

The lobby features a custom reception desk by Robert Fukuda + Andre Caradec from Studio Under Manufacture (www.sumarch.com).

Green interior hallway.

Pink bridge interior.

Model building view on Mission Street.

Model view of courtyard.

Southern view of model.



Gold Nugget Award of Merit—Best Apartment Project up to 4 Stories
Pacific Coast Builders Conference

project details


All Projects, Apartments, HUD, Market-Rate, San Francisco


San Francisco, California


Emerald Fund


David Baker Architects

Associate Architect

Baker Vilar Architects

Structural Engineer

Tipping Mar + Associates


Nibbi Brothers General Contractors


Brian Rose



project data
SOMA Residences
1045 Mission
San Francisco, California
Completed 2000
number of units
loft 20
1 bedroom 180
total 278
retail sf 4,127
density ratio
project sf 257,933
site sf 61,334
acres 1.4
total bedrooms 278
bedrooms/acre 197
units/acre 197
total 251
spaces/unit 0.9
type podium