The Shipyard at Hunters Point - Blocks 53 & 54

location:Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco, CA
developer:Lennar Urban
completion:Summer 2015 est.

The project developer, Lennar Urban, approached KMA to design a development of 157 residential units on two blocks in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood. The overall Lennar development, on the site of the former Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyards, includes upwards of 10,000 new units of housing. The eleven buildings on the site are a combination of townhouse style units and stacked flats varying in size from studios to 3-bedrooms.

Each of the buildings has a different character to respond to both the client and City of San Francisco’s goals of design diversity. By increasing the height of the townhome units at the ends blocks with bays at either side, we were able to create a gateway effect to the public open spaces while also maintaining the individuality of buildings on either side.

The buildings on blocks 53 & 54 are a conglomeration of parts that are held together through their overall design strategy and materiality. The street wall is maintained at the corners of the blocks to provide strong identity, while at the pedestrian level, the entries to the units are stepped back to provide more open corners for pedestrians.

Overall, the general design and layout of the blocks orient the buildings to maximize views and access to natural light. The interior spaces of the units are designed to be efficient in size while maximizing utility. This provides for generous units while not overbuilding (conserving on resources during construction and when the units are occupied). The open spaces have been designed to maintain the view corridors while also maintaining security and some privacy for the homeowners. The view corridors and gaps between the buildings create opportunities for potential art locations in the form of fences and grillework.

This project is currently under construction.