A senior housing complex with an integrated community and senior services center in the Japantown area of San Jose, this development serves a low-income elderly population. Named with a Tagalog word expressing the joy of living, the complex features a mix of apartment configurations that allows for a greater diversity of tenants than a single-unit approach.
The private balconies, stoops, and gardens of these apartments echo those of the adjacent homes. By annexing the airspace over the community center, it was possible to fit the same number of units into a three-story—rather than four-story—building, maintaining the low residential scale of the neighborhood. Along with the adjacent Northside Community Center, the corner public park and meditation garden provide a welcoming green space for the entire community.