Located in San Francisco’s Bayview District, this affordable senior housing complex is served by a nearby stop of the Third Street Rail, the new Muni line. These four levels of senior housing above neighborhood-serving retail are part of a larger trend of transit-oriented development along this corridor, and will catalyze future such projects, bringing density, variety and services to the area. Armstrong Senior Housing is a HUD 202 project.
Armstrong Senior was designed and built in tandem with Armstrong Place. Together the projects won a 2012 ULI Global Award for Excellence noting their effect as a catalyst for development in the neighborhood. The Urban Land Institute's Global Awards for Excellence recognize developments that have an enduring impact on diverse communities.
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"Just... fun! The architect takes a complex program and enlivens it and creates a wonderfully playful place. Joyful, bold, and full of life...this shows a great collaboration of site, purpose, and design."
To reflect the historically African-American population of the neighborhood, the color palette is drawn from traditional African textiles—the deep indigos and bright accents of Ghanian dutch wax resist fabrics—which along with the window placement, appears to wrap the public face of the building in an interlocking “quilt” of color and pattern. The private side is cloaked in the more subdued tones drawn from the earthy hues of Malian mudcloth.
The residences—predominantly studios and one-bedroom units—enclose a courtyard and sit atop commercial space set to house shops, senior services, a library, and a community center. The unique landscaping—vegetated bioswales along the street and mews, and a courtyard rain garden—does double-duty, adding green areas and creating miniature wetlands that manages runoff, easing the burden on the city's combined stormwater and sewage system.
This project was designed and built to a LEED Gold standard, with healthy interiors for senior residents. Photovoltaic arrays will provide solar electric power and domestic hot water.
Parking is reduced to realistically reflect the auto-ownership of the population and capture additional square footage for retail services. There is a car-share pod with two available vehicles as well as secure bicycle parking. The retail space features a dedicated shower and changing area, to facilitate bicycle commuting.
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Armstrong Senior podium level plan.
Armstrong Senior ground level plan.
Aerial view from southeast with Armstrong Senior Housing at the right and Armstrong Place to the left.
OVERALL BLOCK CONCEPT
The senior housing shares a block with Armstrong Place, an affordable family townhouse development also designed by David Baker Architects. The two projects are separated by a landscaped public pedestrian way.