David Baker Architects

555 Larkin Affordable


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View from Larkin looking north, light tile. Image: David Baker Architects

 

108 new affordable homes are under construction at 555 Larkin in San Francisco's Tenderloin District.

The 8-story undulating facade waving down Larkin Street will be clad in local brick. The curved facade is set on a Radius Track framework that brings motion and interest on the street edge.

Constructed during the coronavirus pandemic, 555 Larkin represents affordable housing as an essential service and was made possible with the help of a wonderful team: non-profit developer Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, structural engineer KPFF San Francisco, general contractor James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp, and Nibbi Brothers Concrete. Construction is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2021.

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Low-fire tile mock-up showing the mottled color variation and thickness variation. Image: David Baker Architects

Construction mockup of the brick installation on the curved facade. Image: David Baker Architects

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How do you align windows with mortar joints? And blend the three colors of tile into one mottled field with greater visual interest? Image: David Baker Architects

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Vignette of 555 Larkin entry. Image: David Baker Architects

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Sign 7: 2018.12.08 Image: David Baker Architects

 

555 Larkin is located on the site of a former tire shop in the Tenderloin. The "World's Largest Fortune Cookie" sign has long displayed inspirational quotes and encouragement for the neighborhood. While it will no longer stand on the corner of Turk Street, the sign isn't going away. We will be repurposing it as an in the residential courtyard for the neighborhood and community to enjoy.

Sign 6: 2018.08.27Image: David Baker Architects

On the right Bill Brinnon, the keeper of the world's largest Fortune Cookie" sign for many decades, on the left our TNDC Project Manager Jacob Goldstein, and in the middle David Baker, FAIA taking a final bow at Kahn & Keville on 2020.01.17 Image: David Baker Architects

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Level 1. Image: David Baker Architects

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Level 8. Image: David Baker Architects

View from Larkin looking north, dark tile. Image: David Baker Architects

View from Larkin looking north, light tile. Image: David Baker Architects

2019.05 variant in almond colored tile with LED scrolling sign to continue the tradition of the #WorldsLargestFortuneCookie. Image: David Baker Architects

The most recent design including the LED scrolling sign on the corner which would continue the messages of the #WorldsLargestFortuneCookie. Image: David Baker Architects

View form north on Larkin. Image: David Baker Architects

Vignette of 555 Larkin entry. Image: David Baker Architects

View from the sidewalk through the entry to the courtyard with the #WorldsLargestFortuneCookie. Image: David Baker Architects

View from the front door through the lobby to the courtyard with the #WorldsLargestFortuneCookie. Image: David Baker Architects

Low-fire tile mock-up showing the mottled color variation and thickness variation. Image: David Baker Architects

Construction mockup of the brick installation on the curved facade. Image: David Baker Architects

How do you align windows with mortar joints? And blend the three colors of tile into one mottled field with greater visual interest? Image: David Baker Architects

Level 1. Image: David Baker Architects

Level 2. Image: David Baker Architects

Level 8. Image: David Baker Architects

Roof plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 1: 2018.03.09 Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 2: 1018.04.28Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 3: 2018.05.06Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 4: 2018.06.25Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 05: 2018.08.16Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 6: 2018.08.27Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 7: 2018.12.08 Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 8: 2019.02.28 Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 9: 2019.08.02Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 10: 2019.09.14Image: David Baker Architects

Sign 11: 2020.01.17 The last message from the World's Largest Fortune Cookie. Image: David Baker Architects

On the right Bill Brinnon, the keeper of the world's largest Fortune Cookie" sign for many decades, on the left our TNDC Project Manager Jacob Goldstein, and in the middle David Baker, FAIA taking a final bow at Kahn & Keville on 2020.01.17 Image: David Baker Architects

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, Current Work, Mid-Rise Housing, Under Construction

​Location

San Francisco, CA

Developer

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Permalink

www.dbarchitect.com/555Larkin

project data
500 Turk Street (at 555 Larkin) 21615
San Francisco, California
Under Construction
number of units
studio 23
1 bedroom 21
2 bedroom 50
3 bedroom 14
total 108
density ratios
project sf 110,000
site sf 18,906
acres 0.43
total bedrooms 186
bedrooms/acre 433
units/acre 251
parking
auto 0
bicycle parking 114
construction type
8 stories Type IA
certifications
GreenPoint Rated