David Baker Architects

Parkview Commons

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University of California campus buildings loom over Parkview Commons.

Urban affordable housing across from Golden Gate Park designed to echo the typology of the existing Haight neighborhood. Walk up flats have individual doors located at street level. Tuck under parking provides more than 1.5 cars of enclosed parking per unit.

Although cottage units are entered from interior courts, handicap-accessible units are located in street-facing flats, eliminating the need for stairs.

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Mid-block cottages line an interior courtyard with a playground.

Parkview Commons from Kezar stadium during a public 49er's practice.

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Site plan.

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Hillside elevation.


Design Excellence Award
Honor Awards Program, San Francisco Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Gold Nugget Award of Merit
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
First Award
Developer/Architect Competition, City of San Francisco


Iconoclast of Design

project details


Affordable Housing, All Projects, BRIDGE Housing, San Francisco


San Francisco, California


Pacific Union Development Company

Nonprofit Housing Developer

BRIDGE Housing


David Baker Architects

General Contractor

Hunter Moffit Construction

Landscape Architect

OMI Lang Associates

Structural Engineer

Peter Culley + Associates

Civil Engineer

CSW Consultants


John Sutton



project data
Park View Commons
Carl, Frederick, Willard and Arguello
San Francisco, California
Completed 1990
number of units
1 bedroom
2 bedroom 26
3 bedroom 38
4 bedroom 34
total 114
density ratios
project sf 150,000
site sf 112,064
acres 2.6
total bedrooms 318
bedrooms/acre 124
units/acre 44
total 160
spaces/unit 1.4
type private garage