Home is a Four Letter Word

Project Description

Our project proposes 6000 units in eight residential towers facing the waterfront along the Embarcadero, creating an urban edge to the city as well as attempting to recoup the housing stock extirpated by the closing of residential hotels and SRO’s in San Francisco. Americans have lived in residential hotels for over two hundred years. From the 19th century boarding house to the residential hotel, people have chosen to live communally. Residential hotels and particularly Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels are deeply rooted in San Francisco’s history, but have unfortunately suffered from the misrepresented idea that these were places of blight and crime, eventually leading to the pandemic demolition of thousands of units. The project takes advantage of the residual, often discarded triangular sites along the waterfront, three-quarters of which are currently used as parking lots.