The Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners: low-income housing everyone would love to live in

January, 19 2013 09:00

Posted inArchitecture

 

The Richardson Apartments are a SRO (single-room occupancy building) project providing residential beautiful living spaces and social services to adults coming out of or at risk for homelessness. The complex is part of the redevelopment of  San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, seriously damaged during the 1989 earthquake.

The  five-story building, presenting 120 living units, is characterized by a landscaped courtyard, a green roof, window sunshades, solar hot water heating, solar panels, intelligent lighting controls, and low-VOC paints.

It’s striking ultra modern design and sustainable features, makes of this low-income housing building a great  example of how high quality living spaces can make a difference, providing a stepping stone to future stability for residents.

 

 

The courtyard _ Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners _ Photo by: Bruce Damonte

 

The clinic _ Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners _ Photo by: Bruce Damonte

 

The entrance and lobby _ Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners _ Photo by: Bruce Damonte

 

The resident lounge _ Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners _ Photo by: Bruce Damonte

 

Detail of the sunshades_ Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners _ Photo by: Bruce Damonte

 

The green roof_ Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners _ Photo by: Bruce Damonte

 

Residents pay 30% of their income as rent, and can benefit from an onsite medical clinic, therefore resulting in a dramatic cut of the city’s medical services cost per year -  total residents used $2.4 million in city and medical services in the year before moving in -.

The Richardson’s Apartment aren’t an isolated case. Several other low-income housing projects have been realized or are in the process of developing in San Francisco and New York, giving great hope to one of the greatest human issues that’s still far from been solved.

Designed by David Baker + Partners Architects with guidance by the Build It Green GreenPoint Rated and Green Communities checklists.

 

View of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood _ Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners _ Photo by: Bruce Damonte

 

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