Faced with an increasing shortage of affordable housing for medical residents and trainees, the University of California, San Francisco, commissioned the Tidelands, a mixed-use urban housing complex providing sustainable accommodations for over 700 occupants. The Tidelands' mix of micro-unit, studio, and two-bedroom apartments are offered at rates 40% below market and are spread across two courtyard buildings. An adapted integrated project delivery model fast-tracked completion and occupancy.
Sustainability was a critical aspect of the project, both for the University and the neighbors. The all-electric, LEED Gold-aspiring complex features a self-shading exterior that blocks unwanted solar heat without sacrificing natural light or views. The GFRC billows distinguish the buildings at the street level, especially as sunlight shifts across their surface throughout the day.
Throughout design, the KieranTimberlake team worked closely with UCSF and neighborhood stakeholders to blend the complex into a neighborhood sensitive to development. As a result, the Tidelands' buildings are minimally intrusive and complement the flow of the existing street.
Photos by Bruce Damonte.