David Baker Architects

855 Brannan


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Eighth Street at Brannan elevation. Image: Bruce Damonte

 

 

A new mixed-use development in San Francisco’s Design District, 855 Brannan brings 434 apartments plus 21 flex lofts to the developing neighborhood. Designed by David Baker Architects and developed by Equity Residential, the sustainable community is centered on a large courtyard with a serene urban redwood grove at its heart.

Two landscaped public mid-block passages break up the large scale and create connections, while a transformed pedestrian frontage along Brannan Street offers widened sidewalks, mature palm trees, and 16,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail.

Along Brannan Street, facades clad with weathering and galvanized steel reference the industrial history of the area. Wood salvaged and restored from the site’s previous use—a former train depot—lends a sense of warmth and character to the extensive amenity spaces. 

Brannan Street sidewalk view. Image: David Baker Architects

DIAGRAM Pleated fabric. Image: David Baker Architects

ELEVATION: PLEATED FABRIC

The "pleated fabric" facade is defined by its waviness and special composite rainscreen.

The rear of the site fronts a private alley: Bluxome Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

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The Corduroy elevation at Langton Way pedestrian passage. Image: Bruce Damonte

DIAGRAM Corduroy fabric. Image: David Baker Architects

Elevation: Corduroy Fabric

 

The "corduroy fabric" consists of vertical standing-seam metal, Cor-Ten rusting steel, and galvanized steel.

Brannan Street elevation detail at Langton Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Decatur Way is a pedestrian passage lined with Flex Lofts. Image: Bruce Damonte

DIAGRAM Eyelet fabric. Image: David Baker Architects

Elevation: Eyelet Fabric

 

An offset window pattern in white cement plaster defines the "eyelet fabric" facade, which is used on the internal "cut" masses.

The Redwood Court POPOS in the evening. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Brannan Street elevation at Decatur Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: David Baker Architects

Decatur Way

 

This pedestrian passage, lined with flex spaces, extends from Brannan Street to the private alley.

Detail of Decatur Way POPOS through block pedestrian passage trellis. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Image: David Baker Architects

Redwood Court

This public open space, POPOS, features a grove of large redwood trees.

The Town Hall amenity space opens to the Redwood Court POPOS with a 14' high aircraft hanger door. Image: Bruce Damonte

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View of Langton Way pedestrian through block passage. Image: Bruce Damonte

Langton Way

This 40 foot wide public pedestrian passage, another POPOS, conects through the very long historic block.

The homes facing Langton Way have stoop entries. Image: David Baker Architects

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The roof deck designed with CMG Landscape Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

Roof Deck

 

The roof deck, designed in collaboration with CMG Landscape Architecture. includes an outdoor kitchen and fireplace with a great view of downtown San Francisco.

The roof deck designed with CMG Landscape Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Main entry and Leasing office. Image: Bruce Damonte

Main Entry and Leasing

 

The main entry connects directly to the mailboxes and garage.

The garage connects visually directly to the main entry and leasing. Image: Bruce Damonte

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The fully equipped gymnasium faces the Redwood Court. Image: Bruce Damonte

Resident Amenities

 

The fully equipped gym, town hall, and living room all look out to the Redwood Court POPOS.

The living room with fireplace located off the redwood court. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Bicycle parking located at the rear lobby. Image: Bruce Damonte

Bicycle Parking

 

Bike parking is collocated with pedestrian lobbies.

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Roof Plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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Typical residential level, 2 through 6. Image: David Baker Architects

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Site Plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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Image: Proehl Studio

The Concourse before demolition from across Brannan Street. Image: David Baker Architects

1929 7th and Brannan train depot photograph.

The Solstice Season comes to the Flex Lofts. Image: David Baker Architects

The Corduroy elevation at Langton Way pedestrian passage. Image: Bruce Damonte

Brannan Street elevation detail at Langton Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

View of Langton Way pedestrian through block passage. Image: Bruce Damonte

Detail of Decatur Way POPOS through block pedestrian passage trellis. Image: Bruce Damonte

Gateway entry to Redwood Court POPOS. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Redwood Court POPOS. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Redwood Court viewed from the bridge. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Redwood Court. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Redwood Court. Image: Bruce Damonte

Hula hooping inn the Redwood Court POPOS. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The Redwood Court Popos. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The Town Hall amenity space opens to the Redwood Court POPOS with a 14' high aircraft hanger door. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Redwood Court POPOS. Image: Bruce Damonte

The roof deck designed with CMG Landscape Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

The roof deck designed with CMG Landscape Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

The roof deck designed with CMG Landscape Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

The roof deck designed with CMG Landscape Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

Detail of the roof deck designed with CMG Landscape Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Redwood Court Town Hall terrace in the evening. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Redwood Court POPOS in the evening. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Game Room fronting Brannan Street as an active use.Image: Bruce Damonte

Decatur Way is a pedestrian passage lined with Flex Lofts. Image: Bruce Damonte

Detail of Decatur Way POPOS through block pedestrian passage trellis. Image: Bruce Damonte

Decatur Way POPOS through block pedestrian passage. Image: Bruce Damonte

Langton Way pedestrian passage stoops. Image: Bruce Damonte

Langton Way pedestrian passage stoop. Image: Bruce Damonte

The rear of the site fronts a private alley: Bluxome Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Brannan Street "Corduroy" elevation. Image: Bruce Damonte

Brannan Street elevation at Decatur Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

The corten Brannan Street "corduroy" elevation at 8th Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

Elevation along Brannan Street from corner of Eighth Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

Elevation along Brannan from corner of Decatur Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

Corner of 8th and Brannan. Image: Bruce Damonte

Ground floor retail along Brannan Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

Mid-block passage with breezeways connecting buildings. Image: Bruce Damonte

Mid-block passage from across Brannan Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

Eighth Street at Brannan elevation. Image: Bruce Damonte

Pedestrian retail on 8th Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

Brannan Street at Decatur Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Bicycle parking located at the rear lobby. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Main entry and Leasing office. Image: Bruce Damonte

Leasing and main entry lookiking towards offices.Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The living room with fireplace located off the redwood court. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Residential entry featuring DBA K Door. Image: Bruce Damonte

The fully equipped gymnasium faces the Redwood Court. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The garage connects visually directly to the main entry and leasing. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Proehl Studio

Image: Proehl Studio

Image: Proehl Studio

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: Owen Kennerly

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Brannan Street sidewalk view. Image: David Baker Architects

The Gameroom on the street at the entry to the public Redwood Court. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Decatur Way is a public pedestrian passage lines with flex lofts. Image: David Baker Architects

Decatur Way POPOS signage. Image: David Baker Architects

Langton Way is a public pedestrian passage that cuts through the site to shorten the very long historic block. Image: David Baker Architects

The homes facing Langton Way have stoop entries. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: Owen Kennerly

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Image: Owen Kennerly

DIAGRAM View from the southeast. Image: David Baker Architects

DIAGRAM Pleated fabric. Image: David Baker Architects

DIAGRAM View from the southwest. Image: David Baker Architects

DIAGRAM Corduroy fabric. Image: David Baker Architects

DIAGRAM Eyelet fabric. Image: David Baker Architects

Landscape plan. Image: CMG Landscape Architecture

Roof Plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Typical residential level, 2 through 6. Image: David Baker Architects

Site Plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Main lobby entry from Brannan Street with Cor-Ten steel "corduroy" fabric. Image: David Baker Architects

North corner at garden mews. Image: David Baker Architects

The "corduroy fabric" corner of 8th and Brannan. Image: David Baker Architects

The intersection of 8th and Brannan with traffic. Image: David Baker Architects

"Pleated" wall detail. Image: David Baker Architects

8th Street retail space. Image: David Baker Architects

Early conceptual design sketch of the main lobby. Image: David Baker Architects

Early conceptual sketch view from the Townsend Traffic Circle. Image: David Baker Architects

View from Townsend Circle. Image: David Baker Architects

Preliminary sketch of 8th Street and the Living Alley. Image: David Baker Architects

Peated wall at 8th Street and the Living Alley. Image: David Baker Architects

2017.08 The Pleated Wall emerges. Image: David Baker Architects

Early conceptual design sketch: The market mews provides a public connection from Brannan Street to the living alley and market plaza to the east. Image: David Baker Architects

The Market Mews with its "eyelet" fabric. Image: David Baker Architects

2017.08.06 Eyelet detail. Image: David Baker Architects

Early conceptual design sketch looking down the market mews pedestrian passage. Image: David Baker Architects

Market mews. Image: David Baker Architects

Garage section perspective. Image: David Baker Architects

Aerial context: Neighborhoods

Aerial context: Bicycles

Aerial context: Transit

Aerial context: Open space

Diagram: Open space. Image: David Baker Architects

Aerial diagram: Active edges. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Lobbies and verticals. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Community spaces. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Residential units. Image: David Baker Architects

Aerial: Commercial space. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Leasing space. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Flex spaces. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Garage. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Bicycles. Image: David Baker Architects

The Open House event on January 11 invited neighbors to meet the development team and preview the proposed design. Image: David Baker Architects

Area workers and residents got a look at the proposed design at the Open House on January 11. Image: David Baker Architects

2015.07.16 The site is cleared and construction has started.

2015.11.03 Out of the ground and shoring for the concrete deck on the north end of the site. Image: David Baker Architects

1929 7th and Brannan train depot photograph.

1929 7th and Brannan train depot photograph.

The Concourse before demolition from across Brannan Street. Image: David Baker Architects

The Concourse before demolition from across Brannan Street. Image: David Baker Architects

The Brannan Street sidewalk before, configured as a parking lot.

Wood from the freight shed saved from landfill by Mission Bell.

Mission Bell reclaimed wood reborn as space divider screen wall. Image: Owen Kennerly

Image: David Baker Architects

Reclaimed wood made into entry signage wall. Image: David Baker Architects

Unearthed during construction: hacksaw, horseshoe, hobnail boot. All found items will become part of a historical display in the new building. Image: David Baker Architects

A display of historic bottles reclaimed during construction. Image: David Baker Architects

awards

Gold Nugget Award of Merit—Best Multifamily Housing (100+ dua)
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Architecture Merit Award and Urban Design Commendation
AIA San Francisco

publications

A Textural Patchwork—and Grove of Redwoods—Takes Up Residence in San Francisco

project details

Category

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

​Location

San Francisco, CA

Developer

Equity Residential

Interior Design

Kimberlee Colvin Interiors

Landscape Architect

CMG Landscape Architects

Contractor

Balfour Beatty

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project data
855 Brannan Street   21117
San Francisco, California
Completed 2018
number of units
studio 95 
1 bedroom  146
2 bedroom  176
3 bedroom  11
flex loft—residential  6
flex loft—commercial  15
total 449
commercial
retail sf  29,499
density ratios
project sf 501,114
site sf 189,075
acres 4.34
total bedrooms 641
bedrooms/acre 149
units/acre  104
parking
total  429
spaces/unit 0.98
type  garage 
car share  5
bicycle  489
construction type
Type III-A over Type I-A  
certification
LEED for Homes  Platinum