David Baker Architects

La Fénix at 1950


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View of Mission Street facade from the north. Image: Bruce Damonte

This new 100% affordable building features 157 apartments, 20% of which are set aside for formerly homeless families, while the balance of units are available to families earning between 45% and 60% of area median income.

The community features a central courtyard for community gatherings, a common room and event kitchen, a media lab, and affordable studios for artists along a coming mural walkway that will honor the neighborhood’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. The community is topped by a dynamic, extensive roof deck with sweeping views across the city.

“Community-based planning and design are guiding principles of this collaborative effort. This is a uniquely conceived project in that it addresses displacement of Mission District families, neighborhood artists, and people who are experiencing homelessness.”

—Sam Moss, Mission Housing Executive Director 

Mission Street facade from the south. Image: Bruce Damonte

The massing of La Fénix at 1950 Mission works to break down the large building to suit the neighborhood scale. On Mission Street, the different materials help define the volumes and sawtooth bays give the apartments expansive views toward downtown.

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Corner of Weise Alley and Paseo de Artistas. Image: Bruce Damonte

On Weise Street, at the rear of the site, we added lighting and plantings, and created a dimensional facade with bays that push out and pull in, increasing safety and visibility by giving homes clear views up and down the street.

Triangular bays, clad in Mexicali Rose tile, just out into the central Zocaló. Image: David Baker Architects

Inspired by the Mission’s art alleys, we developed the Paseo de Artistas with Cervantes Design Associates and a local art advisory committee. The new mid-block passage is brought to life with murals, affordable artists’ studios, and gallery space.

Paseo de Artistas: The Artists' Alley

The gates of the Paseo de Artistas open all the way to welcome the community into La Fénix at 1950. Image: Bruce Damonte

Retail and Residential Entryway

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Residential lobby featuring tropical bird mural by Josue Rojas. Image: Bruce Damonte

The building has two dynamic outdoor community spaces: El Zócalo, a central courtyard inspired by Central American town squares, and an expansive roof deck offering a range of activity spaces, fresh air, and fantastic views for all.

View of the Zocaló from the open air walkways. Image: David Baker Architects

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Aerial view looking east. Image: Bruce Damonte

The roof deck affords view of the surrounding city. Image: Bruce Damonte

Aerial view of La Jardin de la Familias. Image: Bruce Damonte

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La Fenix at 1950 Mission Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

Looking down Mission Street from the corner of 24th. Image: Bruce Damonte

Corner of Weise Alley and Paseo de Artistas. Image: Bruce Damonte

Open-air staircase painted Mexicali Rose, along Weise Alley. Image: Bruce Damonte

Windows along Wiese street bring daylight into the sunken, courtyard-level community room. Image: Bruce Damonte

Looking down Weise Alley toward the 16th Street BART station. Image: Bruce Damonte

Residential lobby featuring tropical bird mural by Josue Rojas. Image: Bruce Damonte

Residential reception desk with Josue Rojas' tropical birds mural. Image: Bruce Damonte

Mission Street facade from the south. Image: Bruce Damonte

View of Mission Street facade from the north. Image: Bruce Damonte

Mission Street facade. Image: Bruce Damonte

Corner entrance of the Paseo de Artistas with papel picado gates and Fireclay Tile accents. Image: Bruce Damonte

The gates of the Paseo de Artistas open all the way to welcome the community into La Fénix at 1950. Image: Bruce Damonte

The perforated screens provide privacy and interest for the ground level service spaces. Image: Bruce Damonte

The ground floor retail is brightened by colorful Fireclay Tile. Image: Bruce Damonte

The residential entrance if marked by a custom Mexicali Rose K-door fabricated by Pacassa Studios and perforated metal awnings by BOK Modern and Kwon Wo Ironworks. Image: Bruce Damonte

The residential entrance is marked by a custom K-door in a Mexicali Rose hue, fabricated by Pacassa Studios, and shaded by perforated metal awnings by BOK Modern and Kwon Wo Ironworks. Image: Bruce Damonte

Dappled light streams through the papel picado-inspired perforated screens. Image: David Baker Architects

Residential lobby with Mexicali Rose tile and a custom mural by Josué Rojas. Image: David Baker Architects

The gates of the Zocaló pivot open to the Paseo de Artistas on the south side of the building. Image: David Baker Architects

View of the Paseo de Artistas from Weise Street looking toward Mission Street. Image: David Baker Architects

The Paseo de Artistas ramps down to Mission Street with a stage-like landing for community events. Image: David Baker Architects

Corten sunshades help mitigate solar heat gain. Image: Bruce Damonte

Corten sunshades help reduce solar heat gain. Image: Bruce Damonte

The gates of the Zocaló pivot open to the Pasoo de Artistas. Image: David Baker Architects

View of the Zocaló from the open air walkways. Image: David Baker Architects

Triangular bays, clad in Mexicali Rose tile, just out into the central Zocaló. Image: David Baker Architects

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The laundry room provides physical and visual connections to the Zocaló. Image: David Baker Architects

The Jardin de la Familias is a rooftop haven for families to get fresh air. Image: Bruce Damonte

The roof deck affords view of the surrounding city. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Mexicali Rose color highlights and city views appear throughout, even in the emergency stair. Image: Bruce Damonte

Aerial view looking west. Image: Bruce Damonte

Aerial view toward downtown San Francisco. Image: Bruce Damonte

Aerial view looking east. Image: Bruce Damonte

Aerial view of roof deck. Image: Bruce Damonte

Aerial view looking south. Image: Bruce Damonte

Aerial view of La Fénix at 1950 Mission. Image: Bruce Damonte

Aerial view of La Jardin de la Familias. Image: Bruce Damonte

Mission Street view looking north. Image: David Baker Architects

The building is set back 10 feet along the narrow alley to provide a much-needed planted buffer. Angled bays break down the four-level building, creating a scale compatible with the adjacent structures. The bays also provide eyes on the street up and down Wiese Alley, increasing neighborhood safety. Image: David Baker Architects

Mission Street view looking south. Image: David Baker Architects

Small office and retail spaces designed for local Mission businesses, including a gallery to showcase local artwork, provide active uses along Mission Street. At street level, the ceiling height varies from 11 to 20 feet, with ceiling height averaging 15 feet. This range is in character with ground floors along Mission Street and allows for the inclusion of a larger number of affordable apartments. Image: David Baker Architects

A perforated cor-ten steel awning--inspired by papel picado--welcomes residents home. Image: David Baker Architects

The Active Edge facing Mission Street, looking down the public Paseo Artista, a pedestrian passage lined with affordable artist studios, leading to the central Zocalo and Weise Alley. Image: David Baker Architects

This vibrant mid-block pedestrian passage--open to the public--is energized by a row of artist studios lined with a curated mural wall. This Paseo provides entry into the Zocalo during festivals and other special public events. Gates on either end will allow for nighttime closure. Image: David Baker Architects

The central Zocalo provides a dynamic and flexible open space for building residents. It can be opened to the Paseo Artista for special community events. Image: David Baker Architects

Topped out in January 2020. Image: David Baker Architects

Construction 2020.06.04. Image: David Baker Architects

Construction 2020.06.10. Image: David Baker Architects

The tile bays on the Weise Alley are clad in variegated Mexicali Rose tile from local Fireclay Tile. Image: David Baker Architects

2020.03 the sawtooth framed, ready for the rain screen panels. Image: David Baker Architects

Site/ground floor plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Typical lower level. Image: David Baker Architects

Typical upper level. Image: David Baker Architects

Roof level. Image: David Baker Architects

The rooftop of the lower building creates an opportunity for the Jardin de las Familias, a large shared open space for residents featuring urban agriculture and play areas. Image: David Baker Architects

Mission Street aerial. Image: David Baker Architects

Energy and comfort model of La Fenix at 1950, performed with IESVE. Image: David Baker Architects

Energy and comfort model of La Fenix at 1950, performed with IESVE. Image: David Baker Architects

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, BRIDGE Housing, Mid-Rise Housing, San Francisco

​Location

San Francisco, California

Developer

BRIDGE Housing

Developer

Mission Housing Development Corporation

Architect

David Baker Architects

Associate Architect

Cervantes Design Associates

Landscape Architect

GLS Landscape/Architecture

Sustainability Consultant

Bright Green Strategies

Community Outreach

PODER

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project data
1950 Mission Street 21531 
San Francisco, California
Completed March 2021
number of units
studio 32
1 bedroom 36
2 bedroom 73
3 bedroom 16
total 157
density ratios
project sf 166,375
site sf 36,400
acres 0.8
total bedrooms 230
bedrooms/acre 288
units/acre 196
certification
GreenPoint Rated Gold 
construction type
9 levels Type I