Fillmore Park, San Francisco
David Baker + Partners
San Francisco

The judges admired the social nature of this 32-unit affordable housing community in San Francisco. “It looks wonderful to walk through these spaces to your unit and say hello to everyone,” one juror said. Architecture firm David Baker + Partners designed the project for first-time home buyers with an income of 70 to 100 percent of the local median family income.

The firm placed the project’s flats and townhouses around a main courtyard, enabling outdoor circulation and cross-ventilation for every unit. “It’s just a modest project, which we tried to make really nice,” says principal David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP. Crisp metal trim outlines the fiber-cement siding that clads the exterior walls, while touches of copper and ipe add depth and texture to prominent spots such as the main entry and a corner bay. The common areas, too, show creativity and flair: landscape architect David Fletcher modeled the courtyard’s curvy planter after the shape of Kurt Cobain’s Fender Mustang and Jaguar guitars.

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Project Credits

Design lead: David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal in charge: Peter MacKenzie, AIA
Project architect: Ian Dunn, AIA, LEED AP
Interior designer: David Baker + Partners
Landscape architect: David Fletcher, Fletcher Studio, San Francisco
General contractor: Dewitt Brock, Cahill Contractors, San Francisco
Developer: Michael Simmons, Michael Simmons Property Development, San Francisco
Lighting designer: Angela McDonald, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, San Francisco
Project size: 640 to 1,200 square feet per unit
Site size: 0.6 acre
Construction cost: $336 per square foot
Sales price: $185,000 to $335,000
Units: 32
Photographer: Bruce Damonte

Product Details

Bathroom & kitchen cabinets: Lanz Cabinets
Countertops: CornerStone Quartz
Elevator: Ascent Elevator Services
Exterior siding: James Hardie
Flooring (carpet): Bigelow
Flooring: Daltile; Armstrong
Roofing: Johns Manville
Solar energy system: Sun Light & Power
Windows: All Weather Architectural Aluminum