921 O’Farrell rises 14 stories from a tiny 40-foot-wide lot in San Francisco’s Polk Gulch neighborhood. The slender tower provides 50 mixed-income homes near the Van Ness corridor.
This project proposes the demolition of an existing underutilized commercial structure and the construction of a mixed-use high-rise between O’Farrell and Olive streets near the corner of Polk Street.
The tower has dynamic north and south facades dotted by bays, terraces, and private balconies. The building does not offer any residential parking, preserving the ground level for active commercial and community space. Above, the homes look out across the cityscape to the north or south—there are no internally oriented units. The building is topped by a shared west-facing community terrace for all residents to enjoy expansive city views.
More than half of the 50 homes have two bedrooms, and a third are permanently affordable units in San Francisco’s Home SF program.