"The Geode"
Hunters Point Shipyard, Block 52, San Francisco, CA

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The “Geode” occupies a prominent hilltop at Hunters Point Shipyard overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The project comprises four buildings of varying typology with a total of 74 residential units, including both townhomes and flats. One podium-style building includes 17 units in a three-story structure with landscaped podium open space. Two 9-unit, 3-story townhouse buildings line an intimate private street. Anchoring a primary street corner of the block is a five-story, 38-unit podium building with a lush, private courtyard that frames views of South Basin and the new Candlestick development beyond.

Ignition’s approach to design is to collaborate heavily with the development and marketing teams to understand their needs and project objectives. This allowed us to weigh a number of different options that would fit our financial pro forma.
I appreciate Ignition for not only their flexibility, but for also their creativity, willingness to problem-solve, and commitment to the project and owner.
Faye Brandin, former FivePoint Development Manager & current Project Manager at Signature Development Group
The Ignition Architecture team are incredibly organized and know how to manage/drive a schedule. When working with Veronica, I am always impressed by her creativity and appreciate her flexibility.
Anyé Spivey, Senior Development Manager, FivePoint

The exterior of the “Geode” is a simple, grey shell of textured concrete and plaster. Colorful, vertical slices in this rough façade that hint at the bright, crystalline interior invigorate the streetscape. Colorful, glassy balconies and a welcoming courtyard shared by the residents further enliven the center of the “Geode”. The courtyard amenity space includes an outdoor kitchen, fire pits, lush planting and overlooks facing South Basin. The surrounding buildings are carefully arranged to maximize natural light, to provide shelter from the wind, and to frame views toward the Bay and Candlestick Point.

To make the most of the owner’s budget, richer materials were reserved for the common, tactile areas, where the residents will enjoy them the most. These are balanced with more cost-conscious materials in the less-accessible areas.

As both Prime and Design Architect, Ignition Architecture is responsible for full architectural services from Pre-Design through Construction Administration. We worked closely with the owner to study a variety of unit mixes and test fits to find a design that best meets their pro forma. Ignition successfully ushered the design through CAC meetings, OCII design reviews, Commission presentations and the SFDBI tiered permitting processes.

Owner

Lennar Urban / FivePoint

Construction Type

Type VA over IA

Construction Cost

Undisclosed

New / Renovation

New

Sustainable Design

GreenPoint Rating Targeted (135 Points)

Agencies

Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII)

Completion

2019 (Projected)

Units

74 / Studio, 1BR, 2BR and 3 BR Flats and Townhomes

For Sale/Rental

For Sale

Parking

86 (1.16 : 1)

Site Area

57,061 (80 DU / acre)

Building GSF

126,000

Community Outreach

Hunters Point Shipyard Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC)

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