David Baker Architects

1500 Park Avenue Lofts

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Elevation in industrial context. Image: Brian Rose

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The view of Emeryville Lofts and Blue Star Corner from Amtrak's Capitol Corridor train.

The Emeryville Warehouse at 1500 Park Avenue was originally constructed in 1925 for a fruit-drying company. The existing building, made of steel-reinforced poured-in-place concrete, totaled 158,185 square feet. We divided this structure into airy lofts featuring raised sleeping platforms, open kitchen-living areas, walk-in closets, custom kitchen and bathroom casework, and other amenities. New construction consists of a three-story structure containing seven double-height street-level lofts featuring roll-up doors as well as 15 second-floor studio lofts. A five-story parking garage has also been added. The ground level has a pedestrian colonnade fronting Park Avenue.

Industrial context. Image: Brian Rose.

Entry courtyard in the early evening. Image: Richard Barnes.

The Oldhami giant timber bamboo screens the garage wall.

Courtyard sketch by David Baker.

Residents and visitors enter the double-height public lobby, which includes custom elevator cabs and polished concrete floors, through a large landscaped courtyard featuring towering palms and a five-story waterfall wall fountain.

Entry lobby stair & mailboxes.

Entry door designed in collaboration with Larissa Sand of South Park Fabricators.

The building's exterior upgrades include new aluminum windows, a new roof, renovated exterior walls, and an open-air, raised roof deck. The interior received a seismic upgrade including new concrete shear walls, new plumbing and electrical systems, a new fire sprinkler system, a new smoke and fire alarm system, a state-of-the-art card-reading security system, a new intercom system, and a cat 5 network for computers and media services. The new fifth floor has three penthouse lofts, with a private elevator entrance, and the second stories of the six townhouse lofts. The townhouse lofts span the fourth and fifth floors of the building, and include two bedrooms and two bathrooms. All of the townhouse lofts have private roof terraces.

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Park Street "facade;" lofts screen garage from street. Image: Brian Rose.

Facade Lofts


This liner building fronts the wrapped parking garage behind. On the ground floor 25' wide Flex lofts at street level are occupied by businesses such as an architectural office, a salon, and a pilates studio.

The architecture firm B+V has offices in a 25' wide street level space in the "facade" building.

At ground level "facade" lofts are 25' wide work spaces with glass garage doors that open to the street. Image: Brian Rose.

Affordability By Design


 Above very narrow 12 foot wide lofts provide "Affordable by Design" living spaces.

View from kitchen in 12' wide "facade" loft.

Upstairs view of 12' wide "facade" loft.

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Ground level plan.

Section through courtyard entry.

This model shows the existing building (yellow), the penthouse addition (green)the "embedded" garage" (grey), and the "facade" building (orange).


Gold Nugget Award of Merit—Best Mixed-Use Project
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Builder's Choice Grand Award
Builder's Magazine and National Association of Home Builders


New Urban Mews

project details


Adaptive Re-Use, All Projects, Lofts, Market-Rate


Emeryville, California


Holliday Development

Associated Client

TMG Partners

Associated Client

Northbay Ecumenical Homes


David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

Miller Company Landscape Architects

Structural Engineer

Tipping Mar + Associates


Nibbi Brothers General Contractors


Cannon Constructors


Devcon Contractors



project data
Emeryville Warehouse Lofts
1500 Park Avenue
Emeryville, California
Completed 1999
number of units
1 bedroom 142
total 142
density ratios
project sf 220,000
site sf 74,333
acres 1.7
total bedrooms 142
bedrooms/acre 83
units/acre 83
total 180
spaces/unit 1.27
type embedded