David Baker Architects

200 Second Street

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2014.07.19 It's great to see the building mature, in particular the successful retail space on the corner.


The developers website is www.200secondstreet.com

200 Second Street in the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland. Image: Cesar Rubio

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.

2014.07.19 Oakland Juice & Co. recently opened in the corner retail space.

2014.07.19 Candice, founder of Oakland Juice & Co.


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.

Visit their web page at oaklandjuiceandco.com

2014.07.19 The landscaping has matured and the recently opened Oakland Juice & Company spills out on to the sidewalk.

2014.07.19 Flex loft units activate the pedestrian frontage on Second Street.


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.

The glass-front double-height lobby is lined with articulated bamboo panels.

Artisan-crafted glass and steel gate.


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.

Artisan-crafted glass and steel gate.

Muralists at work: Casey Jex Smith (left) and Andrew Schoultz.


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.

Detail from "Regeneration," by artist Andrew Schoultz. Image: Cesar Rubio.

Cozy bedroom in alcove unit. Image: Cesar Rubio.

Galley kitchen in alcove unit.

Living room in two-bedroom unit. Image: Cesar Rubio.

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.

The alcove one-bedroom nests with its neighbor to maximize every square foot of living space.

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Rendering of the corner of Second + Jackson streets.

Corner view with pop-out bays.

2014.07.19 It's great to see the building mature, in particular the successful retail space on the corner.

Front elevation. Image: Jim Pire.

Detail view of pop out bays.

View from neighboring train tracks.

2014.07.19 Oakland Juice & Co. corner with great funky signage.

The live work units facing Second Street in 2010. The planters were added to soften the street edge.

2014.07.19 This FLEX loft is being used as a residence.

The front gate of 200 Second in 2010.

Front entrance. Image: Cesar Rubio

Custom-crafted rain awning. Image: Cesar Rubio

Building detail. Image: Cesar Rubio.

My friend lives at 200 Second. Recently he began riding his Public bike to work. Here it is riding up in the elevator.

Detail of Casey mural. Image: Cesar Rubio.

Artist's study for the mural "Polarization" by Casey Jex Smith.

Doorbell detail.

The "pumpkin" round orange bay.

Interior of the "pumpkin." Image: Cesar Rubio.

Junior one-bedroom alcove apartment.

3-bedroom unit interior. Image: Cesar Rubio

A shared rear courtyard turns first-level homes into garden apartments.

Relaxing in the courtyard. Image: Cesar Rubio.

Aerial view from Google Earth of 200 Second with Oakland and beyond.

Computer rendering of proposed building produced during approvals stage.


Gold Nugget Grand Award—Best Attached Housing Project over 4 Stories
Pacific Coast Builders Conference


Two "Infill" Designs that Catch the Eye
Finishing Touches
Model Home

project details


All Projects, Apartments, Market-Rate


Oakland, California


MV Jackson

Owner's Representative

American Village Homes


David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

Conger Moss Guillard

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Structural Engineer

Nishkian Menninger

Electrical Engineer

Rosendin Electric, Inc.

Acoustical Engineer

Wilson Ihrig + Associates

Mechanical Engineer

Critchfield Mechanical Inc.


Marelich Mechanical


Cannon Constructors

Civil Engineer

Luk + Associates



project data
200 Second Street
Oakland, California
Completed February 2007
number of units
loft 4
studio 25
1 bedroom 25
2 bedroom 15
3 bedroom 5
total 74
density ratios
project sf 106,925
site sf 20,000
acres 0.5
total bedrooms 95
bedrooms/acre 196
units/acre 148
total 82
spaces/unit 1.11
type  53 standard, 27 compact, 2 HC