Architect:  David Baker Architects

Associate Architect: Gonzales Architects

Owner:  Related California

Location:  San Francisco

Category One: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award

The largest affordable development to open in San Francisco in the past 10 years, Five88 delivers nearly 200 family homes and 10,000 square feet of supporting retail space to the costly city. The project has established a gateway to the developing Mission Bay neighborhood, providing quick access to transit, the recently completed USCF Medical Center, and a future park.

The building’s dramatic form, clad with perforated weathering steel, is supporting by a row of textured columns to create a dynamic facade and enchanting street edge. Further down the block, the development offers up a landscaped pedestrian mews dotted with residential stoops that will eventually connect with the park. On the east side of the block, the building steps down from four stories to three, and the massing is constructed of discrete volumes to lend visual interest at the street.

Nestled inside the structure wrapped around it is 14,000 square feet of open communal space that boasts a freestanding pavilion with an event kitchen and and an area for grilling at its center. A second-level courtyard overlooks the space and the pavilion’s planted roof. Ammenities for residents - laundry, fitness center, and a lounge - are connected to the courtyard, which takes its cues from Roberto Burle Marx.

Creative financing supported the development of the 1.86 acre site. While this project offers affordable housing on the western portion, a local nonprofit developed housing for families of critically ill patients receiving treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital on the eastern side.

Additional information

Construction Manager: Construction Resource Management

Custom Steel Sculptures: Isaac Lewin

Engineer - Structural: DCI+SDE Engineers

Engineer - Mechanical & Plumbing: Tommy Siu & Associates

Engineer - Electrical & Telecom: Timmons Design Engineers

Engineer - Soils/Geotechnical: Rockridge Geotechnical

Engineer - Civil: Freyer & Laureta

Engineer - Acoustical: Papadimos Group

Environmental: Iris Environmental

General Contractor: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors

Landscape Architect: GLS Landscape Architecture

Waterproofing: McGinnis Chen Associates

Sustainability: Bright Green Strategies


Victor A. Mirontschuk, FAIA (Chair), EDI International, PC, New York City

Elizabeth A. Cocke, HUD, Director, Affordable Housing Research and Technology Division, Washington DC

Katie Gerfen, ARCHITECT, Washington, DC

Luis Jauregui, FAIA, Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction, Austin

Rachelle L. Levitt, HUD, Director, Research Utilization Division, Washington DC

Adrianne Steichen, AIA, Pyatok Architects, San Francisco, Oakland

John Thatch, AIA, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, Pleasanton, California

Image credits


Mariko Reed


Mariko Reed


Mariko Reed


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Mariko Reed