440 Turk Street
San Francisco, California
440 Turk Street was the winning entry in
a developer turnkey competition for the San Francisco Housing Authority.
The program called for subterranean parking, 25,000 square feet of
office space with a Commission Chamber and other facilities to serve as
headquarters for the San Francisco Housing authority, and 89 units of
housing for the elderly (together with the requisite office and social
spaces for that use).
The scheme consists of two major
elements: a two-story office building with a subterranean garage which
fills the site and conforms to the street fronts of adjoining buildings
in rhythm, scale and color and a seven story housing block on top of the
two story base.
The budget was very limited and a simple
"double-loaded corridor" scheme was indicated. Since the site
has a strict north-south orientation, the housing block was canted 45
degrees in order to get some sunlight into each apartment. It also
provided space for a sunny triangular terrace
three levels above the street. The property is located in the
"tenderloin" district of San Francisco and security for the
elderly on the street was a concern.
Construction was completed in 1987.