Grand Award: Best Multifamily Housing Community-100 du/acre or more 2017
Our portfolio includes Arterra, Vida, Marlow, and Rockwell – all presenting their own respective personalities with one common over arching goal: driving value through design while elevating the resident experience.
The corner at Pine and Franklin was formerly littered with abandoned, historic buildings, a holdover from the days when the area was known as San Francisco's Auto Row. Above street level sits a modern design that, in a single structure, captures a century of advancement. The Rockwell is a pair of 13-story towers that incorporate the facades of two historic buildings. With over 440,000 SF, the project features 260 residential units, a solarium, 4,000 SF of retail space, various resident amenity spaces, and enclosed courtyard. Our firm worked with preservationists to restore the historic Auto Row facades to their early-20th century state and, in so doing, gives residents and passersby alike a glimpse of the neighborhood as it once stood.
Coming out of the Great Recession and into Summer 2010, Oyster Development Corp. acquired a plot of land on San Francisco’s busy Van Ness Avenue. This would be the first condominium land sale in roughly two years, and, bucking the trend, a development planned outside the burgeoning, up-and-coming South of Market area. Marlow sits at the intersection of three established neighborhoods and was built to accommodate the changing needs of the city’s residents. The design embraces a unitized vocabulary that gives each unit a distinct identity. The façade presents a collection of units rather than an array of windows in a plane. Marlow is an eight-story, multi-family development, one of the first after a recession that virtually shut down all new residential projects in San Francisco.
Far before Vida was planned, the Mission district was deeply embroiled in regional tensions regarding demographic change. Especially in the Mission, demand for housing is high, availability of housing is low, and models for culturally-sensitive development are few and far between. Our design draws from the historic marquee of the adjacent New Mission Theater as a welcoming gesture and to create a sense of place, playing off the marquee’s strong architectural element
“[DLR Group] delivered an exceptional level of unique and creative design while maximizing efficiency in functional, economical construction on three consecutive projects for Oyster Development and its financial partner. They are a developer’s dream architect and wonderful people to work with.”
National Association of Home Builders
AIA San Francisco