17th Street and Fulton
San Francisco, CA, USA
Shedscape examines how three building types – the row house, the industrial shed, and the park – might be used to create schemas for sharing through reconfiguration, opening up and instrumentalizing spatial qualities one or the other type lacks in the service of shared program. The row house and industrial shed are central to the Mission and representative of the neighborhood’s shifting demographics and economy.
While these building types are pervasive, they are also outdated; Victorian row houses reflect 19th century domestic relations, and industrial production in the neighborhood has shifted toward small scale prototyping and crafts that require spatial flexibility. Additionally, the surrounding area is starved for public and green spaces. The frequency of large parking lots (the current site being one such example), gas stations, and brown sites in the immediate area break up the urban fabric and make it less conducive to community interaction, thus warranting generous portioning of the site to public park space. These three building types and the neighborhood tensions they represent are mediated architecturally through a stepped shed structure that cuts between housing clusters. This structure provides access to second floor units, semi-private shared roof terraces, and a large rooftop public park and gardens. It forms a multipurpose double height space shared among units, and creates a large open-air shed that cuts across the entire site and runs between the two bars of housing. The shed interior is envisioned as a site of production, spectacle, and community.