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LEED Gold Community Springs up in Hunters Point, SF

Posted By Piper Kujac On September 20, 2010 @ 7:32 pm In Architecture,social design,social responsibility | 1 Comment

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Located along the highly anticipated Third Street Light Rail [10] in San Francisco’s Bayview District, the project is part of a larger transit-oriented development that will set the precedent for future community living spaces.

sustainable design, green design, david baker architects, san francisco, leed gold, Armstrong Senior Housing, social housing, social responsibility, hunter's point [11]

Traditional African textiles and Ghanian Dutch wax resist fabrics were studied as inspiration for the color palette, and to represent the historically African-American neighborhood. The ‘quilt wall’ appears to wrap the public face of the building with interlocking color patterns, while the interior, private faces of the project show more subdued, earthy tones inspired by the Malian mudcloth.

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Large, vegetated courtyards within the project are protected from heavier traffic along the streets and act as both a place of refuge for the community and a means of filtering rainwater from the surrounding hardscapes. Large playful Ashanti symbols were cut to form in plywood and cast into concrete walls surrounding the rain court.

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The residences sit atop street-facing commercial space, which will house shops, senior services, a library, and a community center. Retail spaces have been designed to accommodate bicycle commuting, and feature dedicated showers and changing areas. Parking was significantly reduced from the standard design load for a project of this size by providing car-share pods and conducting realistic studies of auto-ownership for the population in Hunter’s Point. This, in combination with the extended public transportation line, and added value of extra retail space, makes for a thriving a pedestrian-friendly community. We look forward to future community development plans along San Francisco’s Third Street Corridor.

+ David Baker and Partners Architects [4]

All photos by Mike Chino, © Inhabitat


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[3] San Francisco: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/17/retrofitted-warehouse-in-san-fran-breathes-new-life-into-loft-living/

[4] David Baker: http://www.dbarchitect.com/

[5] throughout the years: http://inhabitat.com/2008/09/18/david-baker-and-partners-shotwell-residence/

[6] AIA Homes Tours: http://www.aiasf.org/Programs/Public_Programs/Home_Tours/Fall_homes.htm

[7] Armstrong Place: http://www.bridgehousing.com/Armstrong-Townhomes

[8] Armstrong Senior Housing: http://www.bridgehousing.com/Armstrong-Senior

[9] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/P1050859.jpg

[10] Third Street Light Rail: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mthird/3rdhist.htm

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