Congress for New Urbanism, Charter Award, Block, Street and Building, 2016
Rebuilding a Community
Broadway Family Apartments
San Francisco, CA
From Freeway to Affordable Housing
Broadway Family Apartments is set within the Northeast Waterfront Historic District, a context of historic brick lofts and mid-rise commercial buildings which was shattered by the insertion of the Embarcadero Freeway in 1960. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake, the freeway was demolished and this site designated for critically-needed affordable housing.
Uniting the Community
An initially-contentious community process concluded with unanimous approval for this three-building complex that restores the fragmented block and gives low-income housing the solidity and dignity of surrounding older structures. Inside, the project provides a rich program of childcare, open space, community rooms and social services around mid-block courtyards.
Urban Repair and Respect
The dense, efficient and budget-constrained modern buildings gracefully repair their historic setting. The design achieves contextual fit in this high-end neighborhood and carries that sense of quality inward for the residents, yielding a vibrant low-income community in the city’s heart.