Rivermark Affordable Housing, All projects, Apartments, BRIDGE Housing, Under Construction
West Sacramento, California

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Installing the lobby Cloud sculpture by Activist Architects.


Activist Architects are installing their Cloud sculpture in the Rivermark lobby.

2014.07.19 The standing seam west elevation engages the corten balconies.


Families who qualify for affordable rents will be moving in Fall 2014.

2014.07.19 The south elevation with it's L shaped sunshades and deep corten balconies.

2014.07.19 the corten screen on the open air bridge that connects the residential wings.


The main residential entry is through a corner public open space.

West Sacramento is an affordable housing project slated to set the standard for future building in the West Sacramento Triangle Development. The development district is bounded by the Capital City freeway, the Sacramento River and Raley Field, a Triple-A ballpark that is home to the West Sacramento River Cats.

West elevation.

Site plan.

This affordable family housing development serves as a beacon and point of entry to newest neighborhood in West Sacramento. Visible from a distance, a distinctive open-air tower of perforated Corten panels takes its cue from the formerly industrial area, and then cedes to rough concrete and cedar at a boulder-strewn corner entry courtyard, recalling the forms and shades of the Sierra Foothills.

The steel screen shields a "green stair" that is open to the outside air and sky to entice visitors and residents away from the elevators. A bright-red custom "K" door signals the entry to the towering lobby, which is slated to feature a translucent suspended art piece.

The 70-unit building is divided aesthetically into two residential "bars" that relate to each other across a central courtyard and are joined by open-air walkways.

Along Bridge Street, the building features five levels of housing, with ground-level residences opening directly onto the sidewalk via balconies and stoops. These private entryways create a sense of ownership and lend an intimate scale to the otherwise large building. Throughout, upper-level units enjoy private balconies with street and courtyard views. Balconies are defined by perforated Corten steel railings and south-facing windows are topped with aluminum sunshades that create a graphic pattern along the elevations. Housing and community uses "wrap" the large parking garage, obscuring it from view and creating an active street edge. The second bar of housing steps down a level toward the smaller alleyway, lined with planted a storm-water swale that ties into the city infiltration system.

Service and parking are accessed off an alley.

On Fifth Street, a second publicly accessible courtyard, dotted with seating and shade trees, is the center of the community area. Management offices, an activity room, and a large community room look out or open onto the green, landscaped gathering space. This elevation is clad with standing-seam galvanized metal above the entry level, and punctuated by the continuing plane of the Corten steel screen, which defines the exposed breezeways. Inside, the large podium courtyard is the heart of the development.

Criss-crossed with cables with cafe lights, the festive courtyard features a variety of gathering spaces defined by custom concrete benches and dramatic plantings. Balconies, decks, and patios surround the courtyard, creating a continuum of private to public space and making the courtyard a place of community.

project details


BRIDGE Housing


David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

Fletcher Studio



project data
The Rivermark 20815  
Fifth Street, between Triangle and Channel streets
Sacramento, California
Completed April 2015
number of units
1 bedroom 9
2 bedroom 36
3 bedroom 25
total 70
density ratios
project sf 147,293
site sf 38,629
acres 0.88
total bedrooms 156
bedrooms/acre 177
units/acre 80
total 61
spaces/unit 0.87
type Garage