David Baker Architects

Northside Community Center

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Western elevation along 6th Street.

Northside Community Center was designed and built in tandem with Mabuhay Court.

Northside Community Center main entrance.

At five times the size of the outmoded center it replaced, this new community building improves a vital existing social center for seniors in this San Jose neighborhood. Designed with input from a senior community organization and the long-term operator of the existing community center, Northside amply serves the senior residents from Mabuhay Court, as well as being an important asset for the surrounding area.

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Northside lobby.

A view from the community auditorium.

By taking a holistic approach to the shared site of the community center and the adjacent senior housing, it was possible to maximize the site to the benefit of both projects. The private residences have a thoughtful relationship to both the surrounding streets and the adjacent community center, which joins a corner public park and meditation garden in creating an open and welcoming gathering place for the neighborhood.

The rain fountain is one unique element in the meditation garden.

A sketch of the rain fountain concept.

Overall view of the public park used as event space by the Northside Community Center.

Corner public park with meditation garden.

Detail of park security fence which is effective but transparent.

Public access to the park on 6th Street.

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Section sketch shows community center's relationship to Mabuhay Senior Housing.

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Site plan.


Meritorious Achievement Award
NALHFA 2OO3 Fall Meritorious Achievement - HOME Awards Competition


Environments for Life
Builder's Choice

project details


All Projects, Architectural Interiors, BRIDGE Housing


San Jose


City of San Jose Department of Housing


City of San Jose Department of Public Works

Nonprofit Housing Developer

BRIDGE Housing


David Baker Architects

Interior Design

Design Mesh

Interior Design

David Baker Architects

Structural Engineer

Tipping Mar + Associates


L + D Construction


Cesar Rubio



project data
North Side Community Center
488 North Street
San Jose, California
Completed 2002
auditorium sf 6,528
lobby sf 880
offices + classrooms sf
total sf