BAR served as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop an overall master plan for the 10.3 acre UCSF site in San Francisco’s Laurel Heights neighborhood. Developed through highly interactive collaborations with neighbors, community groups, San Francisco Planning, and local design advisors, the plan optimizes the site’s unique views to San Francisco Bay, The Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean; responds to and reinforces the local context and site character; and provides 558 homes, retail, office space, and a variety of open space opportunities for the local community.
Located at the intersection of several neighborhoods and major city transportation lines, the new plan aims to improve permeability and connectivity through the site with pedestrian circulation that reinforces the surrounding urban street grid along the two main axes of the site. Placement of new buildings responds to the natural grades of the site, providing scenic views for residents, and respecting the contextual and historic influences of the adjacent neighborhoods. Existing landscape landmarks are reinforced through the strategic addition of public areas within the plan.
In addition to the master planning effort, BAR is designing the three mixed-use buildings along the Northern edge of the site, including two multifamily developments, and an affordable senior housing development. The design of the western-most building plays a vital role in reinforcing and extending the community-serving Laurel Village retail, utilizing the strong horizontality found in the mid-century modern and art moderne architecture of the adjacent Laurel Heights neighborhood. The affordable senior housing building at the east end of the site has been designed and oriented to maximize tenant views of the City and Bay.