Paseo Senter Affordable Housing, All projects, Apartments
San Jose, California

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David Baker's sketch lays out the salient points of the design.

Graduation celebration. Image: Anne Hamersky

This affordable rental housing complex is conceived as a new urban district. It is organized around a main street, Paseo Senter, which runs from the facing arterial roadway to the 13-acre Coyote Creek Park green space. Though this paseo will allow access by cars, it is designed to calm traffic and empower pedestrian use.

Our letter from the HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan for the 2010 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award in the category for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design.

"A delightful project showing an exuberance of life and culture. Its admirable translation of the plaza and paseo prototypes contribute a human scale and sense of place. This is housing that makes a community, where one was sorely needed." —AIA/HUD Secretary's Award jury

Image: Anne Hamersky

Bianey Martinez, property manager and resident. Image: Anne Hamersky.

Lined at ground level with active uses, the paseo bustles with the activity of entry stoops, a community room, a library, leasing offices, social worker support spaces, a child-care center, American Indian Educational Program center and a grandparent caregiver center. Three stories of residential apartments are located above in a classic urban-mixed use style.

A profile view of the community room's woven screen. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Near the mid-point of the paseo lies a public plaza which surrounds the main entries into the residential districts. This communal open space combines gardens and a palm grove with an active play area, gathering spaces, and a swimming pool.

Circle time! Image: Anne Hamersky.

Image: Anne Hamersky.

Aerial view.

Ground level site plan.

Paseo Senter postcard front.

The Paseo Senter postcard back.

David Baker + Partners Architects
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2010 AIA/HUD Secretary's Housing Community by Design Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design
American Institute of Architects and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development
NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials)
2009 Design Excellence Awards (Affordable Housing): Honorable Mention
Multi-Housing News magazine
Residential Architect Design Award: Merit
Residential Architect Magazine
2008 Structures Award: Community Impact
Silicon Valley Business Journal
2007 Structures Award: Affordable Housing Development of the Year
Silicon Valley Business Journal


Innovative Designs Recognized by Architects, HUD
Residential Architect Honors Paseo Senter

project details


Paseo Senter, L.P.

Nonprofit Housing Developer

Charities Housing


The CORE Companies


David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

CMG Landscape Architects

Structural Engineer

OLMM Consulting Engineers

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer



CORE Builders

Civil Engineer

Giuliani + Kull


project data
Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek
San Jose, California
Completed June 2008
number of units
1 bedroom 46
2 bedroom 105
3 bedroom 67
total 218
density ratios
project sf 437,144
site sf 207,781
acres 4.77
total bedrooms 457
bedrooms/acre 63
units/acre 46
total 414
spaces/unit 1.9
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