Five88

San Francisco CA | Completed 

2017

Corner street view of Five88, affordable housing  in San Francisco #
Image Credit
Mariko Reed
When it opened, Five88 (pronounced “five-eight-eight”) was the largest new 100% affordable housing development to open in San Francisco in a decade. Located in Mission Bay adjacent to the new UCSF Medical Center, this building serves as a gateway to the developing area and provides affordable, transit-oriented homes for low-income families.

The corner takes a dramatic form, clad with weathering steel and visually supported by a row of “dancing columns”—tilting textured concrete columns that make for a lighthearted, dynamic street edge that leads to the main residential entry.

The high-density building steps down from five stories at the west to four stories at the east, and the massing is broken into discrete volumes to create a varied and accessible street edge. Two new mid-block passages—one public, one private—increase neighborhood connectivity. Active uses line the ground floor: retail spaces, entry plazas, and residential stoops connect to the sidewalk at all edges, including opening out toward a new neighborhood park. 

The airy building wraps around a large communal open space which, while secure and protected, is visually open, providing glimpses of green to passersby. The courtyard is centered on a freestanding community pavilion with an indoor community kitchen and outdoor barbecue patio. A second-level podium courtyard overlooks this space and links directly to a suite of shared community uses—laundry room, fitness room, and resident lounge.

Located along the Fourth Street bicycle route and adjacent to the Third Street Light Rail, the building includes 200 secure residential bicycle parking spaces as well as visitor bicycle parking. The GreenPoint Gold design incorporates a series of complementary sustainable strategies, such as energy efficiency, domestic solar hot-water panels, and drought-tolerant landscaping. 

 

Recognition


Awards
Merit Award for Architecture
AIA California
Residential Architect Design Awards—Affordable Housing
ARCHITECT Magazine
2018 HIVE 50 Innovator—Design
HIVE Housing Innovation, Vision and Economics
AIACC Residential Design Merit Award
AIA California Council
Gold Nugget Grand Award—Best Affordable Housing Community (100 du/acre or more)
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
AIA/HUD Secretary’s Housing and Community Design Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design
American Institute of Architects / Department of Housing and Urban Development
Architecture Merit Award + Social Responsibility Commendation
AIASF Design Awards
Real Estate Deal of the Year—Affordable Residential (San Francisco)
San Francisco Business Times

Team


Developer
Related Companies of California
Developer
Chinatown Community Development Center
Architect
David Baker Architects
Associate Architect
G7A Architecture | Urban
General Contractor
Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
Landscape Architect
GLS Landscape/Architecture

Project Details


Project Number
21104

Address

588 Mission Bay Boulevard North
San Francisco, CA
United States



Status
Completed
2017

Number of Units
1 Bedroom
72
2 Bedroom
128

Total 200

Density Ratios
Project
230,422 sf
Site
80,859 sf
Acres
1.86

Parking
Parking Spots
53

Construction
Type V over Type I

Certifications
GreenPoint Rated Gold

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