San Francisco CA | Completed
When most people think of the Tenderloin of San Francisco they don't think of families, yet this district is the home for many economically struggling families. Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and the SF Mayor‘s Office of Housing joined forces develop Curran House, high-density affordable housing community in the heart of the city that has been home to as many as 80 children.
Curran House has no on-site automobile parking: The central site has excellent public transit connections and the majority of residents do not own cars. By eliminating the cost and square footage dedicated to parking, we were able to provide additional units, community garden beds, common space for supportive services, neighborhood-serving retail, and office space for TNDC.
At the eighth level, a social rooftop combines seating and city views with urban agriculture planters that residents use to grow food for themselves and their families. The laundry room looks out on this space, allowing residents to watch over kids at play in the garden or sit out in the sunshine as they do their laundry.
Blending the historic and urban typology, Curran House respects the existing National Historic Registry District where its site is located, yet appears as a fresh building that is of its own time. The building activates the street edge with balconies—putting eyes on the street—pedestrian-oriented retail space, and a “decompression" entryway with peaceful plantings that offers a transition between the street and the lobby.
145 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA