Affordable Housing and Sophisticated Design Merge at Mission Bay Gateway Site

Date Posted: 04.20.2015

Multifamily Executive

Located at a high-profile location at the entrance to Mission Bay and in close proximity to multiple transit lines, 1180 Fourth Street delivers much-needed affordable housing and helps energize the quickly developing Mission Bay South neighborhood. In an article for Multifamily Executive, writer Laura McNulty applauds Mithun, along with associated architect Kennerly Architecture & Planning and developer/owner Mercy Housing, for a refined approach to affordable housing.

The building’s corner tower makes a strong impression at the intersection of Fourth and Channel Streets, and then steps down gradually to meet the surrounding architecture. With 150 units on a full city block, the design team chose to apply three architectural languages to the building to break up its scale and relate to the surrounding city fabric.

“This is an important civic site, and this affordable housing needs to be a real civic presence,” says Daniel Solomon, partner at Mithun. “The Mission Bay neighborhood has been roundly criticized in the city as being sort of bland and over-scaled and not having the charm and complexity that the rest of the city has. We responded to what a lot of people felt was a need for architectural zest and complexity.”

In addition, thoughtful attention was focused on the community and functional needs of the building’s residents, including 50 units reserved for the formerly homeless. Amenities include a large community room, special areas for children and teens, and multiple courtyards where residents can gather for community events like outdoor movies and dinners.

Read the full article in Multifamily Executive here.