On the site of the previous parking lot of the adjacent senior housing, this project brings 92 new affordable units to Oakland plus—in an embedded garage—ample parking for both developments.
The new building provides homes for seniors and formerly homeless seniors just one block from the renovated Lake Merritt waterfront, as well as within walking range of parks, playgrounds, restaurants, and shops.
The west-facing main courtyard opens toward the street and is warmed by afternoon sun. The private courtyard is visible to passersby, creating a balance between security and transparency and connecting the building to the life of the larger neighborhood.
The building is topped by a fifth-floor suite of community spaces, including garden plots for residents, a community room and kitchen, outdoor decks, and a wellness studio—all with spectacular lake and city views.
The mid-size building mass is broken into two volumes that step down, creating a transition between the existing high-rises and low-scale residences. Particular care was taken with the profile of the building to protect the light and views enjoyed by the adjacent buildings. Additionally, bays and color blocks further break the mass into accessible volumes. At the upper level, a bridge spans the courtyard, connecting the two residential blocks.
The new building activates the street edge with three separate lobbies as well as stoop units that connect directly to the surrounding sidewalks.
Throughout the building, breakout nooks provide places for seniors to gather outside of their units. Small pockets with lake and city views afford a chance for rest, visiting, or passively engaging with the greater life of the building.