Mission Bay, Block 2, San Francisco, CA


Inspired by Mission Bay’s railyard history, the overall design of “Channel” is reminiscent of an iconic steam train and passenger cars crossing the site. The eight-story volume on the west side of the site is a modern expression of the industrial elegance of a steam locomotive. The six-story portion facing Third Street references the historic brick structures of the warehouse-style “backhouses” that once stood on the site to service the trains.

The glamour of early steam engines and the passenger cars they pulled inspired the design of this 315-unit multifamily housing project. The concept drew inspiration from Mission Bay’s historic railyards and the trains that once traversed this site.

This project mixes market-rate housing, fitness and yoga areas, pools, outdoor kitchens, multiple fire pits, private lounges, more than 8,000 square feet of street level retail, and two stories of interior parking. The third floor features two large, upper level amenity courtyards with views of the city and ballpark. All together, there are over 22,000 square feet of outdoor amenities on the site.

As an Associate Architect, Ignition Architecture’s role included the exterior design and the design detailing of all public interior spaces and exterior amenities. As a co-designer for the project, Ignition Architecture prepared and presented the designs to the Mission Bay Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and the OCII Commission and staff, for their approval.



Construction Type

Type I

Construction Cost

$96 Million

New / Renovation


Sustainable Design

LEED Gold Certified


Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII)




315 / Studio, 1BR and 2BR

For Sale/Rental



315 (1:1)

Site Area

89,497 GSF (95% Density)

Building GSF

467,000 GSF

Community Outreach

Mission Bay Community Advisory Committee (CAC)


Nibbi Brothers General Contractors


Ignition Architecture, Design/Associate Architect. Ankrom Moisan Architects, Prime Architect.


Ankrom Moisan Architects