Construction is underway for a new four-story mixed-use cultural institution at 827-829 Kearny Street in Chinatown, San Francisco. The structure has topped out, with facade installation underway. The project, sponsored by the Marchese Company, will become an expansion to an existing Buddhist temple, the Buddha’s Universal Church.
The 49-foot tall structure yields 11,470 square feet of floor space, with 1,640 square feet of ground-floor retail, 2,320 square feet to a penthouse residential unit, and 7,520 square feet zoned for institutional use. The second floor will include a banquet hall, restrooms, kitchen, and a sky bridge connecting to the Buddha’s Universal Church’s adjacent property at 825 Kearny Street.
The third floor’s visitors will find a lounge, two classrooms, restrooms, and a game room. Meanwhile, the top level’s residential space includes a three-bedroom apartment with a spacious living room and kitchen and two outdoor balconies.
San Francisco-based Herman Coliver Locus Architecture is responsible for the design. The facade is covered with a rain screen mineral cladding scaled to match the height and tone of a brick, ornamental railing with interlocking circle patterns, and a hand-painted street address at ground level. Buddhist iconography will be recessed into the second-level balcony’s fascia.
The Buddha’s Universal Church has its primary location overlooking Portsmouth Square at 720 Washington Street, just around the corner from 827-829 Kearny Street. Construction permits estimate building costs to be around $7.1 million.