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Reveille Coffee Parklet

Reveille Coffee Parklet / Image by Samuel Heller
Location: 200 Columbus Ave St, San Francisco, CA 94133 show map
Installed: April 2014
Designed by: Cameron Helland, Sagan Piechota Architecture
Hosted by: Reveille Coffee Co


The site is located in the historic North Beach neighborhood.  The district has a rich cultural and literary history, a number of landmark buildings, and is one of the most highly touristed places in San Francisco.  The parklet is situated on a sloping segment of Kearny Street with incredible vistas towards downtown.  These sweeping views characterize the experience of the hilly North Beach area – with its many overlooks and vantage points – giving residents and visitors surprising and delightful glimpses of San Francisco’s varied bayside location and complex topography.


Creating an accessible parklet design was an interesting challenge on this sloping site.  Most parklets are positioned on streets with a slope of five percent or less, as that condition makes it easier to provide adequate access for wheelchair users.  The Reveille Coffee Parklet demonstrates important design solutions for providing wheelchair access on sloping streets, setting design precedents for future parklets in the City.  The project architect worked closely with the City to ensure that the parklet was not only accessible, but that design principles could be applied to future parklet projects on steeply sloping sites.  



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