Armstrong Place Senior Housing

Construction year: 2011
Address: 5678 3rd St | SAN FRANCISCO-CALIFORNIA | United States
Latitude/Longitude: 37.726624, -122.394148

Located in San Francisco’s Bayview District, Armstrong Place Senior Housing complex is served by a nearby stop of the Third Street Rail, the new Muni line. These four levels of senior housing above neighborhood-serving retail are part of a larger trend of transit-oriented development along this corridor, and will catalyze future such projects, bringing density, variety and services to the area. Armstrong Senior Housing is a HUD 202 project.

To reflect the historically African-American population of the neighborhood, the color palette is drawn from traditional African textiles—the deep indigos and bright accents of Ghanian dutch wax resist fabrics—which along with the window placement, appears to wrap the public face of the building in an interlocking “quilt” of color and pattern. The private side is cloaked in the more subdued tones drawn from the earthy hues of Malian mudcloth.

The residences—predominantly studios and one-bedroom units—enclose a courtyard and sit atop commercial space set to house shops, senior services, a library, and a community center. The unique landscaping—vegetated bioswales along the street and mews, and a courtyard rain garden—does double-duty, adding green areas and creating miniature wetlands that manages runoff, easing the burden on the city’s combined stormwater and sewage system.

This project is being designed and built to a LEED Gold standard, with healthy interiors for senior residents. Photovoltaic arrays will provide solar electric power and domestic hot water.

Parking is reduced to realistically reflect the auto-ownership of the population and capture additional square footage for retail services. There is a car-share pod with two available vehicles as well as secure bicycle parking. The retail space features a dedicated shower and changing area, to facilitate bicycle commuting.

The senior housing shares a block with Armstrong Place, an affordable family townhouse development also designed by David Baker + Partners. The two projects are separated by a landscaped public pedestrian way.

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