David Baker Architects

Paseo Senter


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

Graduation celebration. Image: Anne Hamersky

The pool! 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

Paseo Senter offers housing and amenities on either side of a central traffic-calmed road. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Image: Anne Hamersky

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

The community center entrance is framed by a dramatic woven screen. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

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.

Hard at play in the Bumblebee Classroom. Image: Anne Hamersky.

Aerial view.

Ground level site plan.

Paseo Senter postcard front.

The Paseo Senter postcard back.

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Everyone in the pool! Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Walkway: pool view at dusk. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Retail-style service spaces along the paseo. Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Image: Steve Proehl.

Inside on of the community rooms, with the tot-lot in the background. Image: Jeff Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Woven screen and community room entrance. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

The two main buildings feature distinct color palettes in repeating patterns. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Image: Steve Proehl.

Open community space includes a tot-lot. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

The parking structures, wrapped by residential and public uses, are completely hidden from view, preserving the site for green space, active pathways and play yards. Image: Steve Proehl.

Curved entry bay. Image: Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Image: Brian Rose

Image: Brian Rose

Elevation.

A view down into the pool.

View into the pool area.

View from the pool area.

Open walkway around the courtyard.

New residents enjoying the tot lot.

The Paseo Senter design team—David Baker, Brandon Baunach, Amanda Loper and Kevin Wilcock—kidding around at the grand opening party.

Aerial plan photo. Image: Steve Proehl.

Image: Anne Hamersky

Princess at play. Image: Anne Hamersky.

Image: Anne Hamersky

Image: Anne Hamersky

Image: Anne Hamersky

Charities staff plus db. Image: Anne Hamersky

The dedicated staff of the Catholic Charities Kinship Center, which offers counseling and support to folks raising kids with absent parents. Image: Anne Hamersky.

Image: Anne Hamersky

Image: Anne Hamersky

Image: Anne Hamersky

Image: Anne Hamersky

Unit interior. Image: Jeff Peters/Vantage Point Photography.

Aerial construction photo. Image: Bernard Andre.

Aerial construction photo. Image: Bernard Andre.

Aerial construction photo. Image: Bernard Andre.

The "Tetris" wall and paseo (street) in the works at Paseo Senter.

Tetris wall entry portal under construction.

Construction photo.

Construction photo.

Amanda Loper, Brandon Baunach, and David Baker from db+p on a site visit.

Part of the team painting up the "Tetris" wall at Paseo Senter.

This pomegranate sculpture by Little and Lewis is one of six that will commemorate Paseo Senter's historic incarnation as a pomegranate orchard.

Colored courtyard sketch by Amanda Loper.

Community room at Paseo Senter I.

Lobby at Paseo Senter II.

Upper level plan.

Aerial site view.

A public-private partnership resulted in a land swap that brought several improvements to the area.

Early concept sketch by Kevin Wilcock.

awards

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

publications

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

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments

​Location

San Jose, California

Client

Paseo Senter, L.P.

Nonprofit Housing Developer

Charities Housing

Developer

The CORE Companies

Architect

David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

CMG Landscape Architects

Structural Engineer

OLMM Consulting Engineers

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer

Belden

Contractor

CORE Builders

Civil Engineer

Giuliani + Kull

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project data
Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek
20218
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
parking
total 414
spaces/unit 1.9
type  embedded