Light, air and transparency drove Woods Bagot’s design of this residential and retail building in the emerging Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Sited between a formerly industrial waterfront and busy Third Street, 2177 Third Street offers floor to ceiling windows, views through the building to the water, and a spectacular green wall that’s fast becoming a local landmark.
The building is designed to a human scale, balancing privacy and views — in spite of its 114 apartments and 4,000 square feet of retail. At midblock, a deep setback, framed by the five-storey living wall, introduces breathing space into the building’s bulk. The dark bronze of the façade takes its cues from the area’s industrial history: once the home of European immigrants, the Dogpatch was originally called “Dutchman’s Flat”.
A choreographed entry sequence takes residents and their guests through the main entry portal on 3rd Street, across a private pre-courtyard overlooked by residents’ co-working spaces, into the modernist lobby. This graceful transition from the public to the private realm draws people through with its views out to the bay. A direct path leads from the building to the Bay via a newly-added private beach.
The main interior courtyard takes advantage of the mellow climate. Floating above is a layered stack of pedestrian bridges, one per floor, that links the two sides of the building. The courtyard-facing apartments enjoy private patios edged by open weave, Moroccan-inspired walls that balance light and privacy.
A shared materiality harmonizes the façade and the interior. Amenities include a rooftop lounge with couches, sleek firepits, and sweeping views of Downtown and the Bay Bridge; co-working, a gym, a dog spa, high end bike workshop and generous storage.
In addition to meeting California’s CEQA sustainability requirements, the project is pursuing LEED Gold.