Broadway Family Apartments

San Francisco, CA, 2008

Architect: Solomon E.T.C.

A high level of custom detail is signature to the rooftop design for this 80-unit affordable housing community. Custom elements for the residents’ children include a cast-in-place concrete sandbox, raised concrete planters that double as child-height seating, and a curved, translucent fence whose surface can be painted on by the children and then washed. Courtyards are also enlivened by hand-hewn cypress benches and concrete planters filled with bamboo, designed in the shape of bamboo leaves.

photography: Bruce Damonte, ACLA