Parkview Terraces

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2007
  • Area

    • 98,000 ft²

Design Achievement - Chinatown Community Development Corporation and AF Evans, in collaboration with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, sought to build at least 100 units of affordable housing for seniors in a mixed-use development at the prominent intersection of Turk and Gough, a site overlooking two blocks of public open space. The design addresses the challenges of the site, providing a high standard of living without sacrificing affordability. The façade is a modern interpretation of the traditional bay window rhythm of San Francisco’s streets. Along with the staggered undulation of the bays and exterior bands that extend and expose floor slabs at various intervals, the articulation on the façade provides scale and creates visual interest. The western façade responds to auto traffic on Gough Street with a solid expression and narrow openings. In concert with its context, a nine-story mid-rise on the north side of the structure rises above a three-floor low-rise; the L-shaped massing engages the different street-level environments on Turk and Gough and permits natural light into all units and terraces.

Scope Summary - Due to code and orientation constraints, the design had to prevent blockage of natural light, address issues with heavy traffic and noise, and find space for 100 units and associated services within a 75-foot-tall building on a 16,500-SF plot. The 101-unit concrete, glass, and stucco design is comprised of 57 studios and 44 one-bedroom units atop street-level commercial and service space. Units range in size from 400 to 690 SF but seem much larger due to the expansive glass façades. All units have kitchens and bathrooms and are designed for accessibility. Innovative use of materials and the design of the units and mechanical systems held costs to only $250 per SF for a total construction cost of $25 million. Taking advantage of the downhill cross slope, a full level of parking and storage was placed under the street-level entry on Turk Street. This freed the ground floor for a multi-level courtyard terrace, double-height lobby, health club, beauty salon, therapy center, social services center, community room, and administrative offices. DLR Group provided architectural administration services with Fougeron Architecture as design architect.

Parkview Terraces