David Baker Architects

18th + Arkansas/g2 Lofts

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Loft interior.

Loft interior.

18th Street elevation from the top of the hill.

Reclaimed from an abandoned railroad tunnel, this site steps steeply up from a light-industrial district into a residential neighborhood. A spectrum of housing reflects this transition, combining a single-family home, a variety of flats, townhouses, affordable artist lofts, and several flexible shared spaces.

The g2 Lofts are an affordable non-profit artists'  live/work development. The project consists of 29 live/work artist's lofts, gallery, studio, and performance spaces.  An experimental live theater forms the street edge, encouraging public participation in this diverse community.

Sharing the site is the 18th + Arkansas Lofts that includes an additional 30 market rate lofts in new industrial type buildings. Layers of pathways, decks, mews, landscaping, and broad city views form a sheltered—yet public—urban garden on terraces tucked into the hill.

g2 lobby.

Main stairs in g2 lobby.

Downtown view beyond landscaped terraces.

Site plan.

g2 site plan.

Townhouses along Arkansas Street.

Main entrance to the g2 artists' live+work community.


Best Design Award
American Society of Landscape Architects
Gold Nugget Award of Merit—Best Mixed-Use Project
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Grand Award
Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards
42nd Annual Progressive Architecture Awards

project details


Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments, Artist Communities, Lofts, Market-Rate, San Francisco, Townhouses


San Francisco, California


Holliday Development


Artspace Development Corporation


David Baker Architects

General Contractor

Devcon Contractors

Landscape Architect

Miller Company Landscape Architects

Structural Engineer

Peter Culley + Associates


Tom Rider



project data
18th + Arkansas
Potrero Hill
San Francisco, California
Completed 1995
number of units
loft 30
1 bedroom 35
2 bedroom 44
3 bedroom 14
4 bedroom 1
total 94
density ratios
project sf 115,610
site sf 65,000
acres 1.5
total bedrooms 169
bedrooms/acre 113
units/acre 63
total 91
spaces/unit 0.97
type private garage