Creating Summit 800, San Francisco’s newest micro neighborhood, from a 7 acre overgrown hillside and a 2 acre formerly underused portion of public right-of-way, has demanded leadership and a collaborative spirit. Our studio’s innovative design provides a new neighborhood of 121 single family and duplex homes on the west side of San Francisco. Utilizing a palette of repeated building designs, a neighborhood fabric is created which evokes the spirit of some of San Francisco’s most cohesive residential neighborhoods while establishing a new, unique sense of place. The project features natural materials with an emphasis on open and bright interior spaces that support modern family lifestyles. Our collaboration with City Agencies to solve a myriad of unique challenges included complex Planning approvals, the creation of a new intersection, coordinating the installation of public art, the design and approval of privately owned utilities and streets, and negotiating challenging geotechnical and grading considerations.
In collaboration with Fletcher Studios, the design of Summit 800 also converts a forgotten 2 acre crescent of public right-of-way into a vibrant new green space featuring a children’s playground, a dog run, and public plaza activated by “Peace,” a Benjamin Bufano sculpture. This green space is knitted together with the micro neighborhood through a shared design sense and a series of pedestrian paths. Summit 800 is currently under construction and is anticipated to be complete in the Fall of 2015.