474 Natoma is an affordable family housing development in the center of San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. The nine story project is sandwiched between two mid-rise buildings and has frontages on Natoma Street and Minna Street. CLA developed a central courtyard scheme on the second floor podium level inspired by a woodland clearing. Shaded and protected from wind by buildings on all sides, the courtyard is a quiet escape from the city streets below. Custom ipe benches add warmth and contrast to the lush plantings. Two ninth floor roof terraces give the project a community garden and public gathering space with an unobstructed viewed of the San Francisco skyline.