A l a n C h r i s t A r c h i t e c t s L L C
BROADWAY FAMILY APARTMENTS
Executed as WRT/Solomon ETC
Location: San Francisco, CA
Completed: Summer 2008
Broadway Family Apartments, which is situated within a rich historical context in the Northeast waterfront district of San Francisco, was presented with a difficult design challenge: How to integrate low-income housing into an historic context of mid-rise commercial office buildings which was fragmented years ago through the introduction of the Embarcadero Freeway.
The project responds to this issue by restoring a continuous street wall on the block between Battery and Front Streets to give the neighborhood a cohesive identity which was lost years ago through the construction of the freeway. This complex of mid-rise and smaller buildings emulates the proportional relationships which characterize the existing context. It lends a sense of dignity to a previously fractured block, while seamlessly integrating 87 units of low-to-moderate income housing into the neighborhood. Several semi-public functions augment this intent, providing child care services, common gathering rooms, landscaped courtyards, and street-facing retail spaces which support both the residents of the project and the larger neighborhood.
The design is organized around a continuous circulation spine which links the semi-public functions in the project. A continuous paving pattern defines the central spine, making a spatial connection between the interior and exterior gathering spaces in the project.