211 eastmore street
daly city, california
MacDonald Architects engaged in a design-build contract for the site planning and design for 14 residential town homes, 3 second floor lofts, and adapting 4,500 square feet of commercial space for new uses. The 1-acre site is a corner lot with northeasterly views of the San Francisco Bay. This has enabled MacDonald Architects to take advantage of a unique design opportunity to create a strong neighborhood identity; a vital planning goal for corner lots. The project design also gives a visual preference to pedestrians, and streetscape appurtenances such as stoops, awnings, and landscaping. However, by moving the parking to the interior of the site, not only were more than the required number of parking spaces appropriated, but the net result was an increased availability of on-street parking. This is a result of reducing of required curb cuts. MacDonald Architects has also influenced the project by promoting the use of sustainable building materials such as the use of porous pavers along all the drive aisles.