Parkview Terrace | San Francisco, CA

The vision for the 101-unit concrete and glass building was creating an open relationship between the interior spaces and their larger city context. +

Fougeron Architecture was selected, after a competitive process, to resolve the many challenges inherent in this affordable, senior housing project. It had complex city and community reviews of design and programming; complicated financing issues; and a difficult site on a former freeway location in San Francisco. Removed after an earthquake, this freeway had once split the surrounding neighborhoods, leaving economic and social scars.

The vision for the 101-unit concrete and glass building was creating an open relationship between the interior spaces and their larger city context. Outdated designs that would have patronized the elderly low-income residents through false quaintness were rejected.

The building's innovative shape and unit arrangement met the site's challenges and ensured affordability. The L-shaped volume engages different street-level contexts and gives all units ample natural light and park views.

The most striking innovation was in the updated fa├žades. The north- and south-facing exteriors replace the traditional bay-window rhythm of the San Francisco street with glassy waves. Along with the undulation of the window bays, exterior bands extend and expose the floor slabs. This mitigates building scale and creates visual interest.

  • Awards:
  • 2009 Builder's Choice Design & Planning Award
  • 2009 Affordable Housing Finance Magazine-Readers' Choice
  • 2009 AIA EB Merit Award
  • 2008 Affordable Housing Finance Magazine-Readers' Choice
  • 2008 Multi- Housing News Design Excellence- Honorable Mention
  • 2008 Cold Nugget Merit Award
  • Press:
  • 2008/10 Architectural Record