Octavia Court, completed in early 2011, was the first project completed along the new Octavia Boulevard in San Francisco. This Type III, HUD section 811 affordable housing project for developmentally disabled residents includes a vocational space, gallery, offices, community room and garden courtyard at the ground floor.
The exterior is accentuated by the “blue ribbon”, a stainless steel element that starts at the roof, bisects the façade, and wraps along the base along the street edge. At night, the ribbon acts like a beacon, grazed by blue lighting. The bisected façade provides an area for glowing glass balconies to float over the lively streetscape below. Solar arrays on the roof gather energy during the day to power all the exterior building lighting.