These 98 rental units of supportive affordable housing serve tenants with special needs, such as physical and developmental disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and chronic homelessness. Folsom + Dore is the first new building in San Francisco to receive a LEED Silver rating, and its sustainable features both reduce its environmental impact and curtail the energy costs borne by residents.
Architect: David Baker + Partners
Location: 75 Dore Street, San Francisco, California, USA
Associate Architect: Baker Vilar Architects
Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects
Electrical Engineer: Bhatia Associates
Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden
Structural Engineer: Treadwell + Rollo
Mechanical Engineer: Tommy Siu + Associates
Acoustical Engineer: Wilson Ihrig + Associates
Contractor: Cahill Contractors
Civil Engineer: Luk + Associates
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Brian Rose, Courtesy of David Baker + Partners
The entry garden court and green stair, filled with giant bamboo, provide a transitional decompression space between the homes and the hard urban environment outside. Residential parking has been greatly reduced, making way for a hybrid car-share vehicle and protected bicycle parking.