Zygmunt Arendt House
supportive senior housing
Zygmunt Arendt House is a 47 unit SRO building designed for formerly homeless elders in the Wester Addition/NOPA neighborhood. It is much larger than its neighbors but it was designed to fit effortlessly into the existing Victorian hillside context, responding to the extensive community meeting process which involved neighborhood residents. The first floor incorporates spaces to aid residents in their transition from homelessness to housing, including social services, dining hall/meeting room, community kitchen, resident lounge and management offices. The roof deck, gracious stair well and outdoor courtyard were designed to encourage walking and healthy on-site activities. On site parking was accomplished by taking advantage of the hillside to provide parking tucked under the main entry level which enters from the upper street. Green strategies include an energy-efficient envelope and systems, renewable energy, non-toxic materials and finishes, storm water management via detention planters, permeable streetscape, and a rain garden.
Location: San Francisco, California
Client: Community Housing Partnership & Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Architect: Alex Salazar, Project Director, completed this project while at WRT/Solomon E.T.C. Alex Salazar led the design team through Schematic Design.
Units: 47 SRO apartments
Awards: 2010 Gold Nugget Best Senior Housing award