San Francisco’s Mission District is considered a ‘war zone’ of gentrification, with a housing crisis more severe than that of the city. This proposal for 30 housing sites in the Mission’s vacant Northeast corner is a live-work communal housing typology with a flexibility and gradient of shared space that accommodates families, artists, and small business owners from across the Mission.
A warehouse plinth adapts to the irregular shape of each site, and houses the ‘work’ functions of the community. Housing towers are arrayed on top of this plinth, comprised of stacked villas of eight single room units, or four two-room units—a switch enabled by internal circulation between corner rooms. The proposal provides an alternative to exclusionary gentrification by offering a communal model for both new and existing Mission Residents, affording them the opportunity to live together in communal working and domestic space.