KH Delivers 2558 Vida Presentation at AIASF / by Elaine Chan

American Institute of Architects, San Francisco

Sustainable Multifamily Housing Models for San Francisco: Session 3

This series showcases several new mixed use residential developments undertaken by developers who have forged a multi-project collaborative relationship with their architectural firms. These developer/architect partnerships are tackling large and complex sites, and adopting sustainable approaches to their work, while responding to neighborhood context and meeting specific market housing needs through site and building design innovations.

This series is organized and moderated by Tom Jones, Director of Cal Poly's San Francisco Urban Program. The series is co-sponsored by Cal Poly State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, AIASF, SPUR, and the Urban Land Institute.

Kwan Henmi's 2558 Mission Project --

The market-rate component of the project will be:

o   114 residential units

o   18 Jr. 1-bed units,  45 1-bed units &  51 2-bed units

o   About 15K sf of retail fronting on Mission

o   80 parking spaces in mechanized stackers (2 retail & 1 car share) on 1 level

o   88+ bicycle spaces (plus 5 retail) (41 required)

o   Primary Residential Entry and parking entrance on Bartlett

Building Urban Design:

o   The Design strives to be part of the urban, cultural and contemporary context.

o   Cultural influences. Specifically, the design of the street façades take inspiration from weaving and craftsmanship, creating shapes that undulate through the urban fabric. This expression also incorporates the vibrant color that we see specifically in the Mission and in Latin culture more broadly.

o   Given the scale of Mission & Bartlett Streets, both of which are narrow; oblique views of the building are one’s primary way of experiencing the form.  The design specifically carters to these views by accenting color as the building forms undulate. 

o   We feel that contemporary design expression is complimentary to the Art Deco Theater, helping bring animation and vitality to this area of the Mission

o   As one gets closer to the building (and in elevation this starts to disappear ).  A more vertical residential rhythm appears, echoing the Marquee and the prevalent street rhythm. The setbacks on the upper two floors further reinforce this verticality, which also serves to break up the width of the Mission St. Façade. The building is set back a bay from the marquee intentionally to enhance the prominence of the marquee.  The Marquee also maintains prominence as it is projects over the sidewalk, which our project does not.

o   The expression & form is echoed on the Bartlett street side.  The scale is lower, but the overall building expression is coherent.