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San Francisco affordable housing is award-winning architecture

Award winning architecture to house low income, formerly homeless families
  • 1180 Fourth Street has 150 units
  • Mission Bay is undergoing a facelift with new biotech and education developments
  • The American Institute of Architects award 1180 Fourth Street the AIA Housing Award

The American Institute of Architects awarded San Francisco-based architecture and design firm Mithun the AIA Housing Award for the 1180 Fourth Street affordable housing complex. The award was one of two given to California architects. Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects in Los Angeles received the other multifamily housing award for its Cloverdale749 property. "There are few other cities that would designate a site like this for affordable housing," said Anne Torney, 51, partner at Mithun Solomon in San Francisco. "It's an indication of the city and Redevelopment Agency's commitment to high-quality affordable housing." Torney described the location as a gateway to Mission Bay, where she says plans are already laid for more development. There are market-grade apartments, hotels and even a new campus for UCSF Mission Bay. "One would hope that this project sets a lofty standard for the area and raises the bar everywhere for the design of good urban housing regardless of the income...