Design: Residential, High Density and Mixed Use
Mission Meadow: Family Courtyard
San Francisco, CA
Project Principal: Zoee Astrakhan and Andrew Dunbar
Project Designer: Amy Wolff
Client: Seven Hills Properties
The Mission District is the true heart of San Francisco’s cultural and ethnic diversity, where higher urban density results in a conspicuous lack of green spaces. New PUC on-site water management regulations, and the compelling lack of park space for children, called for a soft solution–one that could leverage the full 6000sf, on-podium courtyard, into a lush and vibrant focus for the 60-unit community living entirely atop a 40,000sf pharmacy. The project utilizes the entire roof surface of the Mixed-Use Developments podium to create an inner-city elevated “meadow” of native and adapted plants–an oasis amidst the dense urban fabric. Over this invisible storm water “sponge”, decking and pathways float and meander through the plantings, to allow access to a variety of programs. Paths morph to form a raised stage, ramps, a giant seat, and intimate nooks ranging in scale from public communal spaces to private decks for individual “park-side” units.