La Fénix at 1950

Completion/ 2021

Location/ San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s Mission District has been an epicenter of gentrification for 25 years. La Fénix at 1950 provides 157 affordable homes for displaced and unhoused families in the Mission, as well as a home for nonprofit service providers.

The ground level courtyard, or Zócalo, links amenities to encourage community building. The Paseo de Artistas opens to the street and is lined with locally created murals, low-cost artist studios, and classrooms for free art education. At the Jardin de las Familias, a roof deck planted with natives and southwest plantings provides a play area with panoramic city views. A partnership of community nonprofits led the engagement process, allowing the design to be guided by long-term neighborhood constituents.