Narrow San Francisco lots to be developed into micro-units

Two local firms design mixed-use developments in the heart of San Francisco's Hayes Valley, consisting mainly of micro-units.

June 30, 2014 |
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As a solution to San Francisco’s density and low housing supply compared to demand, SocketSite reports that local firms Build Inc. and Macy Architecture each are to build micro-unit housing in a small parcel of land in Hayes Valley.

Build Inc.’s “The Karl,” is proposed to have 34 self-contained suites averaging 174 square feet each, 273 square feet for the 6 handicap accessible units. The units are intended to be “co-living,” meaning the dining and living areas will be shared with other tenants.

In the lot adjacent will be Macy Architecture’s “The Neapolitan.” The proposed building would have ten two-bedrooms around 600 square feet and twelve studios averaging 271-square feet. The building’s mass will be broken down into four, 24-foot wide segments finished in different materials and styls.

The existing community gardens would be relocated to the roofs of the two new buildings.

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