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38 Dolores is a socially vibrant urban habitat, at the apex of San Francisco’s most diverse neighborhoods, the Castro/Mission district. Designed by William McDonough + Partners and BAR Architects, the former vacant auto showroom was transformed into a LEED Gold certified mixed-use building, with SITES Pilot 2 Star Certification. 38 Dolores has approximately 84 luxury residential rental condos, a 30,000 square foot Whole Foods Market, and parking levels for residential and retail. Sustainable strategies include daylighting, alternative energy technologies, two greenroofs with habitat for the local endangered Mission Blue butterfly, and the San Bruno elfin butterfly, as well as for human well-being, edible and stormwater gardens, and much more. Designed by April Phillips Design Works, the 3rd level courtyard greenroof offers paved amenity spaces, planted with drought tolerant ornamental species, and an edible community garden with intensive planters.
A Tournesol Siteworks VGM Greenwall offers an artistic focal point, and provides a windbreak and comfortable microclimate at the main group seating area. Edible fruit-producing trees set in custom metal tree collars allow extra depth for roots to extend into the intensive planting areas. Circular cutouts planted with a variety of sempervivum provide pops of color. The 4th level showcases a large semi-intensive American Hydrotech Garden Assembly greenroof, planted with natives to attract endangered butterflies and pollinators, with a lightweight soil depth of 4 to 12 inches. Both greenroofs utilize a sophisticated fertigation system, and are served by a 16,000 gallon greywater and rainwater harvesting cistern. The landscape mitigates stormwater management both at the street level with rain gardens, and at the roof levels with the greenroofs, and the edible garden encourages residents to connect with nature in the city, and with one another. 38 Dolores is a thriving and sustainable example of embracing sophisticated design, with dense and efficient housing for multicultural city living.
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 10/23/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Doug Dun/ BAR Architects; April Philips, FASLA, APDW Landscape Architecture; and 38 Dolores.
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