The collaboration between Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, Swords to Plowshares, and Chinatown Community Development Center resulted in a 124,000 sq ft affordable housing development that provides 62 apartments for formerly homeless veterans and 57 apartments for low-income families.
With ground floor services for families, veterans, neighbours, and the greater community, the project balances civic scale with a feeling of home, enabling sustainable lifestyles for residents, prioritising access to views and daylight, and showcasing alternative energy generation and connections to nearby public transportation. An internal garden courtyard provides areas for relaxation, interaction and play.
With a GreenPoints Rated Platinum certification, the project includes photovoltaic and solar hot water panels to reduce operating costs and provide sustainable energy. The renewable energy system is on display to the public and is an integral feature in the overall building’s civic design.
The material and assembly selections incorporate biophilic design principles, durability and detailing intended to reduce long term operating and maintenance costs.
Dedicated to the late mayor of San Francisco, the Edwin M. Lee Apartments is a tribute to his goal to end homelessness for veterans.