Folsom + Dore / David Baker + Partners

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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 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,
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

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.

Courtesy of David Baker + Partners
Courtesy of David Baker + Partners

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Cite: "Folsom + Dore / David Baker + Partners" 17 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <>


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      I agree, this is a handsome project which seems only to be missing sunlight. Probably another example of the developer maximizing the QUANTITY of units at the expense of spacial QUALITY.

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