Richardson Apartments

The incredible public spaces are great; [the architects] didn’t give up on or compromise on anything even though it’s affordable.”

Modern Designs For Affordable Housing: An award winning project in downtown San Francisco

Part of a broader revitalization plan for a dense urban neighborhood, the Richardson Apartments are a premier example of mixed-use affordable housing. The five-story, 65,000-sf project includes 120 studio units for low-income residents, social service and medical office space, common areas, a landscaped courtyard and retail space. The structural system consists of four stories of wood-framed residential space over a podium consisting of reinforced concrete.

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San Francisco, California
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Multi-Family Residential
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Concrete, Wood

Project Highlights

  • The project was one of the first tangible effects of the Market + Octavia Neighborhood Plan, a 2007 master plan that calls for dense, transit-oriented housing over retail and streets geared towards pedestrians and bicyclists rather than cars.
  • A south-facing courtyard is arranged around a mural - a paint-and-glass mosaic of dancers.
  • The courtyard features an open grand staircase that reduces reliance on the elevator and encourages interaction between residents.
  • The retail and office space incorporates social services, including a work-training program for residents and a counseling center.

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