Innovative planning and artisan touches define 200 Second Street, a high-density urban mixed-use building in Oakland’s Jack London Square neighborhood. Seventy condominiums and four lofty live+work spaces elegantly interlace throughout this six-story building, which is filled with imaginative details.
The small corner retail space has it's second tenant (the first, Encuentro, grew out of the space and moved up Second). Oakland Juice & Co. serves breakfast and lunch, and features fresh squeezed juices.
The four FLEX lofts along Second Street have had used ranging from art galleries to residential to food prep. They have a complicated plan that features a dropped floor to allow a double height space. The landscaping in pots was a post construction feature that successfully buffered and softened the street edge.
A custom-crafted steel gate and glass rain awning flank the feng shui-inspired entry court, whose colored exterior pavement carries into the lobby in a terrazzo-style design. The towering lobby is paneled with articulated bamboo and illuminated by colored energy-efficient LED lighting.
Two stacked double-height sky lobbies with murals by local artists bring color, nuance, and humor to tenants’ everyday experience. The glass-faced stair distills natural light and adds to the multi-hued glow of the building by night.
Four floor plans—from junior one-bedrooms with sleeping alcoves to three-bedroom units—all feature nearly ceiling height windows and glass patio doors to capture the area’s ample sunlight.
Particular care went into the planning of the intelligent alcove unit, which features a cleverly situated sleeping nook that adds privacy and flexibility to the space. Designed with first-time buyers in mind, the unit nests with the neighboring one-bedroom-plus unit to take full advantage of the available living area.