By late 2014, the Hayes Valley neighborhood in San Francisco will feature a new residence, 400 Grove, by Fougeron Architecture. Part of a series of new projects in the area developed by DDG and DM Development, ground was recently broken on the approximately 11,000-square-foot parcel that fronts the northwest corner of Grove and Gough Streets. The land was previously a parking lot and occupied by the Central Freeway, which was demolished in 1992 after sustaining damage in the 1989 Loma-Prieta Earthquake. The upcoming residence is part of The Market & Octavia Area Plan, an initiative started in 2007 by the San Francisco Planning Department to increase housing, transportation, and other amenities in the area.
The approximately 40,000-square-foot project features a restaurant at ground level, a lobby, and a roof deck, with 34 units arranged around a landscaped courtyard shared by residents. The windows in the wood and anodized aluminum, wave-like facade are faceted in a contemporary take on the bay windows found in San Francisco Victorian homes, maximizing views and natural light. The mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units will all have southern exposures. The building peaks at five stories and includes pedestrian bridges connecting upper levels.