Salvation Army’s new Turk Street Center

The building’s residents are adults in substance-abuse recovery, including many veterans, and over-age foster-care youth. Each residential floor is accessible only to those who live on it. The apartments’ furnishings, provided in full by the Salvation Army, are simple and sturdy, yet attractive.

kroc-apt-interiorPhotograph by Tim Griffith

A double entrance separates the residents’ access from that of outsiders or visitors.   The reception area, shown below, allows visitors to be identified and guards against admitting those who have no legitimate business in the building.

l10307532Photographs above and below by David Pham

Interior reception desk.


Double entrance doors fom the street.

residential-corridorPhotograph by Tim Griffith

Because the apartments are small, the architects wanted the hallways to be pleasant public spaces instead of just circulation corridors. The recessed entrances lit by concealed overhead lights give the halls a rhythm of light and shade. The orange walls provide a glow.

Photograph by David Pham

Sustainable features include a site waste-management program, water conserving landscape features, an orientation that makes the most of passive heating and cooling,  linoleum flooring and CRI Green Label+ carpeting, No-VOC paints and sealers, Energy-Star appliances, low flow plumbing amongst many other features.

Over the past 3 decades, the architectural firm of Herman Coliver Locus has completed some 44 housing projects for low income people, mainly in San Francisco, the East Bay and the South Bay.

A practice devoted to designing housing for low income people is not a typical career choice for architects. Rather it indicates an inclination toward activism, a need for more than pecuniary rewards  perhaps similar to that which motivates lawyers to become public defenders. That Bob Herman and Susie Coliver view the Salvation Army Turk Street Center as the opportunity of a lifetime reveals the rarity of a budget adequate to the task of  housing the poor on an equal basis with those who are, as is often said, well-off.

11 Responses

  1. Nice building. Thank you, web tasarim adana

  2. Dorothy Walker says:

    this is a marvelous building; a gift to the street and welcoming, attractive interior spaces for residents and community users. This building sets a high standard and provides a great model for other community serving housing projects.

  3. "Chimo"Arnold says:

    I agree 100% with every comment above. I love the joyful, rippling effect. The architecture and look are so attractive and refreshing; the building so inviting!

    A great design! Kudos to hermancoliverlocus! 😉

  4. Elizabeth M says:

    How refreshing to see. This building looks like it functions beautifully and efficiently to serve its residents. I especially love the pool and the “green” basketball court.

  5. From the first time I looked at a picture of this building, my reactions were exactly parallel to those of others who’ve commented. Compared to those modern buildings that look as though the architect was merely trying to attract attention, this will be a lasting contribution to the landscape of one of the great cities of the world.

  6. A marvelous and very important building that Sally has deftly explained and revealed in words and pictures. From the artfully reinvented bay window tradition to the miraculous daylighting of the sunken gymnasium, this Center would seem to provide a model for many types of urban housing. It gives new meaning to building green. Bravo Herman Coliver Locus and thank you Sally.

  7. PattyG says:

    The gym and hallways look beautiful I like the color underneath the windows. Great work!!

  8. This is beautiful response to a very progressive program. It is very exciting to see housing of this quality for special needs residents. The hallways say it all.

  9. Morrigan says:

    This is one of those rare buildings that looks great from a number of different angles. Really beautiful.

  10. Lolita says:

    Love the rippling bay windows. Makes me long to live in an architectonically progressive city like SF. Nice work.

  11. nick says:

    this is an awesome building…the architects involved must be some of the most creative and innovative around.

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