Senior living

KMD Architects completes apartment block in San Francisco with the older tennant in mind

by James 21 December 2010 Urban design
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    9th and Jessie Senior Housing is located at the corner of a major one-way thoroughfare and lightly-used alley with the primary entrance to the facility facing the corner. Parking access is off of the alley. The project consists of 107 apartments comprised of 20 studio apartments and 86 one-bedroom apartments and a three-bedroom manager’s unit. The overall gross building area is approximately 93,000 sq ft on 11 floors.

    Property management offices on the first floor are adjacent to the main entry. Also located on the first floor is a 400 sq ft health services center for residents and a 350 sq ft Library /Computer Room. A secure 800 sq ft interior courtyard for residents is also accessed from this floor. A 700 sq ft multi-purpose room is located on the second floor adjacent to a 2,500 sq ft outdoor terrace. The common areas are designed to act as spaces where residents can socialise and connect with their community. These spaces include lounges on 5 of the floors, which residents can use for visits from family and friends, to convene in small groups, and play cards.

    The multi-purpose room on the second floor is a venue for resident parties and gatherings organised by residents and property management staff. The multi-purpose room opens out onto an open-air terrace, which is landscaped and connects to an adjacent Family Housing facility, developed by the same non-project organisation to foster inter-generational interaction. The 11-storey building features a glass-enclosed tower element at the corner that accommodates the main entry to the facility at the first floor and family lounges at the residential floors (2 – 11.)

    Other design elements are a differentiated two-floor base treatment and protruding bay windows at the residential floors. The exterior enclosure is comprised of glass-fibre-reinforced concrete (GFRC) modular panels and aluminum-framed unitised window assemblies and aluminum-framed curtainwall. Stone is applied at base of the ground floor GFRC panels for durability and ease of maintenance.

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