BAR Architects was asked by Build Inc. to design a new multifamily community in the Van Ness corridor of San Francisco. Our design for this 137-unit apartment building includes three townhouse units adjacent to the pedestrian lobby facing Eddy Street. The building will feature a car elevator, and provide 82 car parking spaces and 137 bicycle parking spaces. A large roof deck offers panoramic views of the city lights and beyond.
This 13-story high-rise tower is designed to exhibit a verticality that belies its proportions. The Eddy Street façade consists of a GFRG frame with a vertical orientation. The infill walls and windows are deployed in a rhythmic manner to contrast the rigor of the frames. An “off white” palette reflects the color and texture of early 20th century apartment buildings in the city.
The Willow Street façade includes residential stoops and Juliet balconies that give this narrow alley a pedestrian scale. The Willow façade consists of two volumes: the lower volume holds the street edge, and there is a setback above the fifth story to allow additional sunlight to reach the street.