Balboa, Building E | San Francisco, CA

Affordable Family Housing and Public Community Room for Balboa Reservoir


Balboa Reservoir Building E will be the first 100% affordable multifamily building in the new Balboa Reservoir neighborhood in San Francisco, adjacent to City College. Balboa Reservoir will be a diverse and inclusive mixed-income community that brings together residents and neighbors around the new Reservoir Park. Building E also provides a publicly accessible community room that will serve both residents and the broader community. The distinctive corner form and glass base will as a lantern at the gateway to Reservoir Park and blur the lines between indoors and out. Building E will have 128 affordable family units.

Design Features

  • Connect to natural setting
  • Links to surrounding commercial, residential, and institutional uses
  • Photovoltaic Isolation
  • Distinct stepping architecture
  • Public Community room acts as a lantern on the park

Green Features

  • Photovoltaics offset house loads
  • Pursuing LEED Gold Certification
  • All-Electric
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) neutral
  • Resiliency hub during power outages or or air-quality events



  • Client: BRIDGE Housing
  • Site Area: 31,330 sq. ft / 0.72 acres
  • Density: 128 family units
  • Completion: est. 2024

Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP