David Baker Architects

Hunters View Blocks 7 & 11

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Site strategies.

DBA corner.

PTA corner.

David Baker Architects and Paulett Taggart Architects joined together to design affordable public housing for two steeply sloped blocks in Hunters View, an existing distressed San Francisco Housing Authority site. The site was completely reconfigured with a modern traditional neighborhood master plan designed by Soloman/Mithun Architects.

This project entails 107 units of affordable family housing in six buildings on two city blocks within the Phase II redevelopment of Hunters View. The design strategy breaks integrates the two blocks as one, then divides the design into manageable, cost-effective elements.

Two accessible, five-story apartment buildings are situated on the most level portion of the site on Fairfax Avenue. Row houses step down the steeper adjacent streets. Our design strategy includes designing a range of  facades with design partner Paulett Taggart Architects, to create a rich and varied street wall with a diversity of scale, texture, and style.

Residential entry at Fairfax Avenue.

Townhouses with private stoops connect directly with the neighborhood.


Rowhouses step up the more steeply sloped portion of blocks.

Rowhouse section showing how it adjusts to the steep slope.

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The site encompasses two entire blocks.

Site Plan

The site encompasses two steeply sloped blocks.

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2016.03.03 We got our building permit finally. Block 10 is starting construction in the foreground. Image: David Baker Architects

Construction 2015.09 We're out of the ground before the rains come this year.

2015.09.03 A view of the Bay Bridge through the Shot-Crete board textured wall of the apartment garage of Block 7. Image: David Baker Architects


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project details


Affordable Housing, All Projects, San Francisco, Townhouses, Under Construction, Urban Design


San Francisco, CA


John Stewart Company


David Baker Architects


Paulett Taggart Architects

Landscape Architect

GLS Landscape/Architecture

Structural Engineer

KPFF Consulting Engineers



project data
Hunters View Blocks 7 & 11 21211
San Francisco, California
Under Construction
number of units
1 bedroom 30
2 bedroom 32
3 bedroom 36
4 bedroom 8
total 107
density ratios
project sf 71,061
site sf 43,194
acres 0.99
total bedrooms 239
bedrooms/acre 133
units/acre 59
open space sf 10,267
open space sf/unit 118
auto 68
bicycle 52
type garage
construction type
Type V-A over Type I-A
Type III-A over Type I-A
Type V-B
Goal: LEED Silver