Image of Yerba Buena Island master plan designed by Calgary architect Sturgess Architecture

Yerba Buena Island

San Francisco, California, United States



Yerba Buena Island lies within a dramatic view of the San Francisco skyline. The island is a Nature Reserve with a small amount of land dedicated to development, and limited to three-hundred residential units. The development will accommodate a wide range of economic demographics, with unit sizes ranging from 60 to 180 square metres.

The landscape was studied through a geometric analysis and used roads as a design element. These roadways maximize view corridors while minimizing land disturbance. Pedestrian corridors are incisions in this helical pattern which allow access to community facilities and key landmarks, such as the ferry to the mainland. A variety of housing units and types are placed strategically to provide a view of the harbour and skyline. Parking is located at grade for individual unit access or underground for larger developments.