David Baker Architects

34th and San Pablo Affordable Family Housing


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The San Pablo Avenue residential entry is marked by a repurposed historic auto gate. Image: David Baker Architects

This mixed-use, affordable development will contribute to the revitalization of the San Pablo Avenue corridor with 60 healthy family homes and 2,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space fronting a renovated streetscape.

The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) also owns and manages the adjacent California Hotel housing—a national historic landmark—to the north and the People’s Garden, a community garden powered by People’s Grocery, to the west. This housing design aims to better connect the three sites together, creating a cohesive community from these resources.

The housing site is adjacent to EBALDC's California Hotel and the People's Garden. Image: David Baker Architects

 

The goal is for the new housing to have measurable positive impacts on the health of the West Oakland community. The new homes—ranging from studios to three-bedrooms—will be designed with wellness and activity in mind. For example, careful attention is being paid to mechanical systems to address air quality concerns based on the project’s proximity to the freeway.

 

 

A continuous band of active uses along San Pablo Avenue will help invigorate the area. Image: David Baker Architects

 

The design emphasizes the activation of the San Pablo Avenue frontage, ensuring a safe, lively, and engaging street edge. A historic driveway gate on the 1930's-era California Hotel site will be repurposed as a residential entry, transforming vehicular access into an active node for people.

 

View from Across San Pablo Avenue.

Historic Palette Diagram

Historic Neighbor

The 34SP building is designed to respect and complement its historic neighbor, the California Hotel. An active ground floor will relate to the California Hotel’s prominent commercial storefront, creating a continuous band along San Pablo Avenue that seeks to activate street life and restore the corridor’s once bustling commercial character.

Like the turrets at the north end of the California Hotel, a raised northeast corner element on the 34SP building will mark the building’s entry and be clad in a warm material wrapping inwards to the entry courtyard. The new building takes cues from the red and white color pallet of the California Hotel, and will use modern materials in an honest way that honors and is inspired by the craftsmanship of its historic neighbor.

In addition to these relationships between the physical character of the two buildings, a site strategy has been developed to link the resident communities of the two buildings. A 20’ wide driveway that currently stands between the two buildings will be transformed into a richly landscaped, ground-level courtyard accessible to residents of both building. This green space will create a unique moment along the busy San Pablo Avenue streetscape. The courtyard will also connect to the new building’s community spaces and the People’s Garden, an urban community garden.

Schematic floor plans showing ground level entry court, common space, and commercial zones fronting San Pablo Avenue. The second level includes a landscaped resident courtyard flanked by a resident lounge. Building circulation at all levels passes through this courtyard.

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Our whiteboard notes captured valuable input from local residents during a community event. Image: David Baker Architects

Multiple community events were held to hear input from local residents early in the design process. Image: EBALDC

 

Community Engagement

This project is being informed by extensive community outreach. Several events have been held to share information about the project and to hear input from local residents early in the design process.

The site is currently activated by SPARC-It Place, a pop-up local-vendor marketplace designed by DBA with EBALDC for an innovative interim use of the site. SPARC-It Place provides a lively community-oriented gathering area with programming scheduled up until construction.

The new housing is expected to be complete in 2020.

SPARC-It Place is an interim use of the site that features market-stalls for incubating local vendors. Image: David Baker Architects

The housing site is adjacent to EBALDC's California Hotel and the People's Garden. Image: David Baker Architects

Vehicle Access: Cars will enter the garage through the existing California Hotel parking lot, which is also owned and operated by EBALDC, to allow the full street frontage along San Pablo to have active uses. Image: David Baker Architects

The historic auto gate at the California Hotel will be repurposed as a front door to the new housing. Image: David Baker Architects

A continuous band of active uses along San Pablo Avenue will help invigorate the area. Image: David Baker Architects

A raised corner "pop-up" element, similar to the adjacent California Hotel's turrets, serves as a neighborhood marker. Image: David Baker Architects

Warm materials highlight and identify the residential entrance. Image: David Baker Architects

Common rooms open out onto shared open spaces. Image: David Baker Architects

Early elevation study for San Pablo Avenue. Image: David Baker Architects

The San Pablo Avenue residential entry is marked by a repurposed historic auto gate. Image: David Baker Architects

Aerial view from the northeast, with the renovated historic California Hotel at the right. Image: David Baker Architects

Schematic floor plans showing ground level entry court, common space, and commercial zones fronting San Pablo Avenue. The second level includes a landscaped resident courtyard flanked by a resident lounge. Building circulation at all levels passes through this courtyard.

Multiple community events were held to hear input from local residents early in the design process. Image: EBALDC

Our whiteboard notes captured valuable input from local residents during a community event. Image: David Baker Architects

View from Across San Pablo Avenue.

Historic Palette Diagram

SPARC-It Place is an interim use of the site that features market-stalls for incubating local vendors. Image: David Baker Architects

project details

Category

Affordable Housing

​Location

Oakland, CA

Developer

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

Architect

David Baker Architects

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www.dbarchitect.com/34SP

project data
34th & San Pablo Affordable Family Housing 21609
34th Street and San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, California
In Design
number of units
studio 13
1 bedroom 13
2 bedroom 22
3 bedroom 12
total 60
commercial
retail sf  2,508
density ratios
project sf 64,157
site sf 15,175
acres 0.35
total bedrooms 106
bedrooms/acre 302
units/acre 171
parking
automobile   16
bicycle - sidewalk 12
bicycle - residential storage 60
bicycle spaces/unit 1.2
residential auto spaces/unit 0.26
type garage