Having kicked-off back in 2010, the third and final phase of San Francisco’s 22-acre Hunters View public housing redevelopment includes the construction of two new buildings along the neighborhood’s new Hunters View Drive.

As designed by David Baker Architects along with Min Design, the Block 14 and 17 buildings will yield a combined 118 units of affordable housing, with parking for 44 cars and a new neighborhood park, at the end of Fairfax Avenue, in between.

And with a Mayoral directive to expedite approvals in play, the environmental review for the two buildings is now underway along with the processing of the required building permits.

Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by L'UrbanistaSF

    Baker really needs to get away from those perforated scrim/awnings. It is pretty played out.

    • Posted by Bobby Mucho

      I’ll take some perforated awnings over what most other BMR focused architects are pooing out nowadays—but yea, I feel you.

    • Posted by John Lovell

      It’s a budget conscious way of adding a little more flair. I personally like it – it adds a little more context and style without getting in the way of the rest of the building.

  2. Posted by Dave (Seattle dude)

    This is a dismal, banal design – perforations or not. Maybe the excuse is that it is BMR/affordable housing? But really, this firm does not do good design – BMR or not. That the Planning Commission does or can’t call this out is inexplicable. The Emperor really has no clothes.

    • Posted by Anonymous

      I don’t think there’s a design that any firm could have or would have put out that would have been up to the arbitrary standards you always seem to have in mind. If planning was even 10% as concerned with the specifics of design as you are, we’d have far, far less housing being built than the already deficient pipeline we have.

      • Posted by Hunter

        Amen. They’re already rejecting decent designs for arbitrary “contextual” reasons, so we get more of the same. The less Planning is involved, the more creative designs we get built.

  3. Posted by Aaron Goodman

    Evans or Cargo Way needs to have a T-Line loop that extends over to candlestick, schlage lock and reconnects to an amped up Geneva Harney BRT/LRV link with HSR and Caltrains renewal efforts. Maybe the 2nd transbay tube pops up in this area… would amp up transit linkages and improve and lessen car impacts.

    • Posted by Anonymous

      No way a second transbay tube lands in Bayview or Hunters Point.

      • Posted by jimbo

        thats the most obvious place for it based on distance from oakland/alameda

  4. Posted by nycdr

    David Baker Architects does an excellent job with affordable housing. They know where to put the dollars where it counts unlike other projects I’ve seen that tries too hard mixing a hodge podge of materials together that’s unaffordable and not well thought out.

  5. Posted by John

    Ever notice how “affordable” housing always has less glass than market housing?

  6. Posted by john2

    glass and installation is quite expensive

    • Posted by David

      …and energy inefficient. Affordable housing developments are some of the greenest buildings around, and glazing increases both heating and cooling loads.

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