San Francisco CA | Completed
Potrero 1010 brings 453 homes—including 90 permanently affordable units—supported by art and play spaces and a range of shops and services to the base of Potrero Hill.The center of the site has been transformed into Daggett Plaza, a one-acre grassy open space enlivened with sculptural seating and play elements and a busy dog run to inspire and accommodate a diverse range of users and activities.
This once-interstitial site has become a prominent spot along the 16th Street corridor, now a gateway to the developing Mission Bay district and the approach to the new Chase Center arena. Together, the park and new buildings create a safe, welcoming public realm on a formerly blighted site.
Engaging with the park from either side, two residential buildings—the angular “Wedge” and the silvery “Egg”—take on very different aspects based on the conditions at each edge of the site.
The Wedge building establishes a strong presence facing the main arterial roadway, drawing people toward the park. At its northern edge, the building is lined with a row of PDR (production, development, and repair) spaces, dropping down from six stories to 20 feet to create a transition between the new residences and the neighboring industrial zone. Topped with a succulent garden and private residential patios, this flexible row houses high-ceiling art galleries and studios for the nearby California College of the Arts (CCA).
A sheltered mid-block pedestrian connection links these spaces to the new park. Flexible live-work units open directly onto this passageway and the park edge, creating dynamic pedestrian landscape interspersed with resident resources, including a DIY Studio for messy projects, a wi-fi lounge, and a pet spa. Above, glassy stair towers frame views out over the park and city offer daylit alternatives to taking the elevator. Open-air bridges span the mid-block passage at each level and offer peeks into the community and fitness rooms.
Across the park, the Egg building maximizes the point of triangular site with a rounded flatiron shape that uses a sawtooth edge both deflect freeway noise and to frame city views. This building features 65 homes in six floors atop restaurant, medical office, and amenity uses—a park-facing resident lounge and extensive bicycle storage.
With high-tech amenities, maker spaces, and city views, the development celebrates the creative life of the city, even encoding a secret message: The perforation pattern in the metal balconies and sunshades is based on a Braille version of George Sterling’s poem “The Cool, Grey City of Love”—an ode to San Francisco.
1010 16th Street
San Francisco, CA