Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing, San Francisco David Baker + Partners, Architects Print
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We continue our series on the recipients of the 2011 AIA Housing awards with a complex development that  a formerly industrial city block with an innovative housing mix: affordable, urban townhomes to keep growing families in the city, and family townhomes adjacent to senior apartments to prevent seniors from living in isolation.

The senior building, with 116 rental units, serves as the anchor; it houses neighborhood-serving retail and presents an iconic tower at the corner. The LEED-Gold-Registered building features many complementary green strategies, including storm-water management, solar arrays, and healthy interiors.


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01_ArmstrongPlace_BrianRosePhotograph: © Brian RosTo reflect the traditionally African-American population, the building incorporates Afro-centric design elements: a “quilt wall” inspired by African textiles wraps the public face, and the courtyard walls are inset with Ashanti symbols representing wisdom, unity, and hope.

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A pedestrian-oriented, landscaped mews connects the building to the neighboring family townhouses, designed for first-time homebuyers.

The family development consists of 124 stacked townhouses in two mirrored U-shaped buildings and a row of duplexes that buffers the homes from the adjacent train tracks.

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Connected to the city streets through stoops and balconies, the main buildings wrap the central court, which serves as a mid-block passage and neighborhood amenity. The courtyard features active uses for all ages, including vegetable gardens, outdoor seating, a rain garden, and a picnic and play areas.

Project details:
Architect: David Baker + Partners, Architects
Location: San Francisco
Associate Architecture Firms: Full Circle Architecture; TSH International
Contractors: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors; Roberts Obayashi Corporation
Landscape Architect: Adrienne Wong Associates
Lighting Consultant: Horton Lees Brogden
Structural Engineers: Structural Design Engineers; OLMM Consulting Engineers


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