Seniors Community Housing/Health Facilities

Bernal Gateway Apartments

San Francisco, CA (2000)

view from Mission Street

This 65 unit affordable housing was the result of a series of community design workshops involving many residents from the Bernal Heights neighborhood in San Francisco. The result was a compromise permitting the maximum number of units, a reduction in the required number of parking, with an attractive massing of roof forms that the uphill neighborhood considered important.

The ground floor contains a neighborhood adult school and child care center that supports a pre-school and daycare. An adult school is provided for the surrounding community and tenants, and is structured to assist the mostly single mothers to become economically self-sufficient and language proficient. Behind a bar-building defining the urban edge of a major Mission District crossroads are groups of family townhouses arranged over flats and grouped around descrete courtyards.

This organization of dwellings and courtyards over parking provides play areas secure from the surrounding heavily-trafficked streets.