Affordable family housing
When most people think of the Tenderloin of San Francisco they don't think of families. This district is the home for many economically struggling families. Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and the SF Mayor's Office of Housing have combined to develop Curran House, very high density -- 223 large units per acre -- housing for this need.
Inside Curran House Video
We visited Curran House with photographer Bill Owens to meet the families and community of this affordable housing building in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.
Parking varianceCurran House has no on-site automobile parking, which seems like a crazy idea in the modern USA, but made sense here because: most of the residents can't afford a car, the site has excellent public transit connections, and we were able to provide additional units, gardens, common space for supportive services, neighborhood-serving retail, and office space for TNDC. Additionally, providing parking minimums would have added several million dollars to the construction cost, while ample monthly parking is available for lease in the immediate neighborhood at reasonable rates.
Contextual design Blending the historic and urban typology, Curran House respects the existing National Historic Registry eligible District while being a fresh building that is of it's own time. It respects the "urban street edge" and activates that edge with pedestrian oriented retail space.