NOVE Residences

NOVE Residences

Architect
Handel Architects
Location
Ames Street, San Francisco, United States
Project Year
2010
Category
Private Houses
Bruce Damonte

NOVE Residences

Handel Architects as Architects

Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, this project presents a unique opportunity to develop three adjacent lots, a rarity in this densely populated neighborhood. The lots are all adjacent to each other and are also through-blocks from Guerrero Street to Ames Street.


Each lot is only 24 feet wide and 117 feet long, making them narrower than the average lot. The adjacent properties are a large church and two Victorian homes circa 1896. For the past ten years, a nursery occupied the lot, despite zoning regulations that prohibit business.


While the code allowed building up to 50 feet tall, the architects chose to keep the buildings smaller, in addition to preserving some of the nursery's green space by incorporating lawns into the central portion of the site. There are a total of three units on each lot: two units in the building closest to Guererro Street and one unit in the building on Ames Street. Between the two buildings, the architects created a common outdoor space to foster a sense of community.


The units on Ames Street are two-bedrooms with a private garage, while the Guerrero Street building consists of a two-bedroom unit and a three-bedroom unit with a penthouse master bedroom. The square footages range from 1200 to 1600. The exteriors combine Hardiplank, stucco, steel, aluminum, and Ipe lumber.

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