David Baker Architects

222 Taylor Street


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This high-density building maximizes housing opportunity while aligning with the historical context of the neighborhood. Image: Bruce Damonte

This critically needed building provides 113 affordable homes and sheltered open space for low-income and formerly homeless families in the San Francisco Tenderloin district.

A creative response to the surrounding historic buildings allows 222 Taylor to fit into the neighborhood while maximizing the number of new homes provided. Image: Bruce Damonte

This eight-story mid-rise replaces a parking lot with a car-free, high-density building two blocks from Market Street transit opportunities. The lofty ground floor activates the street edge with community and retail spaces, including an expanded corner space for a long-time neighborhood grocer and a space for a local restaurant.

The community is centered on a flexible, sheltered courtyard and topped by a roof-top farm with sweeping city views—open green space for residents in a neighborhood where such a resource is in short supply. The farm offers a social spot with sweeping city views and provides food and gardening opportunities for residents.

The lobby, community room, and laundry lounge all open onto the courtyard, creating connections that make for a lively, social ground floor.

The contextual building both fits in and stands out in the historic neighborhood. The variegated brick facade references local masonry, and a dramatic twist and graphic notches in the top of the structure align with surrounding historic cornices.

The sustainable development is LEED for Homes Mid-Rise certified, and is one of the first ENERGY STAR certified buildings in California, meeting strict EPA energy standards and performing better than at least 75% of similar buildings nationwide.

The main residential entry has a custom K-door by Oakland artisan Pacassa Studios. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Elevator lobby featuring art by Creativity Explored artist Jennifer Bockelman. Image: Bruce Damonte

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The courtyard features a range of seating, playing, and planting zones. Image: Bruce Damonte

The sheltered internal courtyard was designed by GLS Landscape | Architecture. Image: Bruce Damonte

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A corner three-bedroom family unit looks out at the DBA-designed Curran House across Taylor Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Typical upper residential floor, 3 through 9. Image: David Baker Architects

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Ground level plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: Bruce Damonte

This high-density building maximizes housing opportunity while aligning with the historical context of the neighborhood. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

A creative response to the surrounding historic buildings allows 222 Taylor to fit into the neighborhood while maximizing the number of new homes provided. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The main residential entry has a custom K-door by Oakland artisan Pacassa Studios. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Elevator lobby featuring art by Creativity Explored artist Jennifer Bockelman. Image: Bruce Damonte

Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Image: Bruce Damonte

Natural light brightens the below-grade conference room. Image: Bruce Damonte

The flexible community room connects directly to the lobby and the courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

The community room includes a kitchen tucked away behind sliding barn doors. Image: Bruce Damonte

The laundry room looks out onto and connects directly with the central courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

Get your bike from the easily accessible courtyard bike room and roll right out to the street. Image: Bruce Damonte

The courtyard features a range of seating, playing, and planting zones. Image: Bruce Damonte

The community room, community kitchen, and laundry room all look out onto and connect with the central courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Courtyard design by GLS Landscape | Architecture. Image: Bruce Damonte

The sheltered internal courtyard was designed by GLS Landscape | Architecture. Image: Bruce Damonte

A corner three-bedroom family unit looks out at the DBA-designed Curran House across Taylor Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

One bedroom in a three-bedroom corner unit, home to a family of six. Image: Bruce Damonte

Studio overlooking the central courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

View of the residential corridor showing exposed concrete ceiling. Image: David Baker Architects

TNDC's first rooftop farm, created in collaboration with Top Leaf Farms, includes 850 square feet of raised and trough planters managed by TNDC staff and resident volunteers. Image: David Baker Architects

2015.03.20 Aerial rendering of 222 Taylor Family Housing. Image: David Baker Architects

2015.03.20 Rendered view from the sidewalk outside Curran House, another TNDC affordable family community. Image: David Baker Architects

The vision for this community is to actively engage the Tenderloin. Image: David Baker Architects

2015 View from across the street at 222 Taylor Street. Image: David Baker Architects

2015 View from up Eddy Street. Image: DBA

2015 Vignette of retail from across Taylor Street. Image: David Baker Architects

2015 view down Taylor Street. Image: David Baker Architects

2015 Street level view down Taylor Street. Image: David Baker Architects

2015 The entry to the affordable family housing from Taylor Street. Image: David Baker Architects

Context plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Ground level plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Typical upper residential floor, 3 through 9. Image: David Baker Architects

Collage considering the significant historic context along Eddy Street. Image: David Baker Architects

Eddy Street elevation showing how the "slot" aligns with the neighboring historic building's cornice line. Image: David Baker Architects

Taylor Street context elevation with 1970s-era Hilton Hotel tower. Image: David Baker Architects

Taylor Street elevation. Taylor Street runs up hill toward the enormous Hyatt Hotel tower. Image: David Baker Architects

awards

Excellence in Architecture—Citation Award and Social Responsibility Commendation
AIA San Francisco
Residential Design Honor Award
AIA California
Residential Design Leading Edge Award
AIA California
Gold Nugget Merit Award: Best Affordable Housing Community (60+ dua)
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Real Estate Deal of the Year—Affordable Housing (San Francisco)
San Francisco Business Times

publications

Affordable Family Housing Takes Root in San Francisco’s Tenderloin
ARCHITECT MAGAZINE: 222 Taylor

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments, LEED, Mid-Rise Housing, Mixed-Use, San Francisco

​Location

San Francisco, California

Client

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Architect

David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

GLS Landscape/Architecture

Contractor

Cahill Contractors

Civil Engineer

Carlile Macy

Permalink

www.dbarchitect.com/222Taylor

project data
222 Taylor Street 20618
San Francisco, California
Completed September 2019
number of units
studio 16
1 bedroom 14
2 bedroom 68
3 bedroom 15
total 113
density ratios
project sf 126,000
site sf 22,355
acres 0.51
total bedrooms 211
bedrooms/acre 414
units/acre 221
parking
auto 0
bicycle parking 114
construction type
8 stories Type I
certifications
EnergyStar Multifamily High-Rise Certified
LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Platinum