As we revealed back in 2018, plans to raze the two-story parking garage at 1320 Washington Street, between Leavenworth and Jones, were in the works and plans for a six-story, 22-unit building to rise up to 65 feet in height upon the Nob Hill site had been drafted.
Since refined by Handel Architects for the Urban Land Development team, the proposed infill development would now yield 25 smaller condos, a mix of 12 one-bedrooms (which is up from 4 as originally proposed), 9 twos and 4 threes – with stacked parking for 25 cars (and bikes).
From the design team:
While the site’s existing parking garage structure entirely fills the site boundaries, this project has been creatively sculpted to utilize an articulated and beautifully landscaped rear yard and common light well that will provide better quality light and air to adjacent neighbors and residents of the building.
To integrate with massing of adjacent properties, the property sets back at the 45 feet height to align with adjacent cornice lines, while creating a private landscaped terrace for residents to use and neighbors to experience when looking down on the project from taller buildings. The remaining two levels are setback 15’, reducing the massing from street level.
The Washington Street face is articulated to balance the scale and rhythm of glazed openings to solid wall, incorporating both recessed punched openings and bay projections. While it calls upon the neighboring bay window context, we recognize that Washington Street is quite narrow. Instead of traditional bays with protruding floor plates that further reduce the apparent street width, the bay frames subtly interrupt the continuous glazed balcony railings, creating a dynamic rhythm at the façade.
And aiming to mute some potential opposition from residents in The Comstock across the street, which overlooks the site, “1320 Washington will treat its roof as a 5th façade that communicates an appreciation for the surrounding urban streetscape,” with “a beautifully landscaped terrace for residents to use and neighbors to visually experience and enjoy,” the plans for which will be heard by San Francisco’s Planning Commission, and the public, next week.
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.