A partnership of Mercy Housing, Tipping Point Community,and The San Francisco Accelerator Fund, this project has been developed in close collaboration with the Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing of the City of San Francisco. The development is located within the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District, which was established by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Planning Department to preserve the cultural diversity of the South of Market with special attention to highlighting the culture and contributions of the Filipinx American community in the area.
The name for this new community, Tahanan, is a Tagalog word which evokes “home”, “coming home”, “return home”. It represents a place for people and families to return to or rest. Given the location of the site, the project team consulted with SOMA Pilipinas staff regarding several building design elements which resulted in the use of the traditional ‘banig’, (colorful handwoven grass mat), pattern in the cast concrete, as well as the representation of rice field terraces on the building’s exterior material.