M Building / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

M Building / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

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San Francisco, United States
  • Design Team

    Sarina Bowen Kennerly, Owen Kennerly, William Reid
  • Clients

    Build Inc.
  • M E P Engineer

    Fard Engineers, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer

    Ingraham DeJesse Associates
  • Civil Engineer

    Sherwood Design Engineers
  • Acoustical Engineer

    Rosen Goldberg Der & Lewitz, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect

  • Interior Designer

    Dilworth Eliot
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Text description provided by the architects. With a novel approach to a difficult site, this mixed-use, multi-family project captures the optimistic spirit, craft culture, and quirky contrasts of San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. The site is a 75-foot sliver alongside the I-280 Freeway. What was previously a collection of blank warehouses on Indiana Street, engulfed in traffic noise, is now transformed into a duo of complementary residential buildings designed by separate architects.

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© Bruce Damonte

This intervention brings scale and richness to this rapidly developing neighborhood with a series of courtyards, gardens, and stoops, and acts as a visual and acoustic buffer from the busy freeway. The streetscape is activated with the addition of a new café and art plaza right across the street from Esprit Park.

The entire project consists of 116 new apartments, including 17 on-site affordable dwelling units. The 61-unit “M” Building has a porous, fine-grain fabric with open courts and stoops in board-formed concrete, vertical bays of glass and Corten steel, vaulted roofs, and a cantilevered white tower that signals its glass-walled main lobby.

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© Daniel Gaines

The building has roof-deck lounges with downtown views and features private roof decks and semi-public landscaped outdoor plazas that overlook Indiana Street. Different scale outdoor rooms provide a variety of spaces for tenants to relax and congregate outside, a feature so critical to those living in dense urban areas. Below, a garage for 76 cars, tenant storage, and bicycle parking serves both buildings.

© Daniel Gaines
© Daniel Gaines

Dwellings are a mix of flats and townhomes. Studios and one-bedroom units complemented by family-friendly two- and three-bedroom apartments. All dwellings receive ample natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows and bays. Open kitchens and diversity of layouts provide a variety of living and entertaining options for the residents. Sustainable Design Considerations: “M” Building is located within walking distance to a variety of neighborhood amenities and commercial districts and an array of public transportation options, such as regional rail, urban light rail, trolley bus, and bus.

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© Bruce Damonte

Additionally, ample bike parking is provided in and around both buildings for tenant and visitor use, thus encouraging biking as a viable transportation option. The design team also incorporated a green roof system and planters that provide bio-filtration for stormwater run-off along with ample green space and plantings at the ground-level courtyards of the building. 

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© Bruce Damonte

The project is set up to receive recycled water from the future city network and the designers made sure to specify environmentally friendly, zero-VOC and ultra-low VOC adhesives and sealants, as well as Energy Star appliances and an efficient HVAC system. The building achieved a Gold Greenpoint rating by Build It Green.

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Address: 660 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States

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Cite: "M Building / Kennerly Architecture & Planning" 15 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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