Edwin M. Lee Apartments

A model for healthy living for families and formerly homeless veterans in the Edwin M. Lee Apartments will provide a spectrum of community connection in the form of affordable housing. This collaboration among LMSA, Swords to Plowshares, and Chinatown Community Development Center will be a dynamic contribution to the 3rd Street corridor.


Chinatown Community Development Center and Swords to Plowshares

Associated Architect

Saida + Sullivan Design Partners


San Francisco, CA


123,701 sq. ft.


Targeting 112 GreenPoints (Gold level); Solar PV panels estimated to produce 91% of the building’s common area electrical energy; Solar thermal panels estimated to produce 60% of the building’s hot water heating energy

Image Credit

LMSA for renderings and GLS Landscape for courtyard view perspective


Currently in design, this 119-unit development will provide ground-floor services for families, vets, neighbors, and the greater community. Balancing a civic scale with a feeling of home, the building enables sustainable lifestyles for its residents, prioritizing access to views and solar control, along with showcasing alternative energy generation and nearby public transportation. The project frames a serene interior courtyard that balances a range of areas for retrospection and play.