David Baker Architects

Art Ark

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The grand opening featured an Aztec dance performance.

A Shaolin monk flying high at the grand opening.

Aerial view. Image: Bernard Andre.

The Art Ark in San Jose is made up of 148 affordable rental artist units in two distinct neighborhoods: the Factory and the Cottages. A performance plaza joins these two districts.

Common house with courtyard. Image: Bernard Andre.

The loft units in the factory are organized around three courtyards. Image: Bernard Andre.

Resident artist Pernilla Anderson at grand opening.

Factory elevation at corner of South 5th Street + Keyes Blvd. Image: Bernard Andre.

The Factory building is designed to reflect the warehouse context adjacent to the site. The ground level studio units open onto 3 small art courts which provide open space for artists to display their work.

Gathering space in common house. Image: Bernard Andre.

The "cottages" are accessed from open air circulation around a courtyard.

The Cottages building references the single family bungalows located on South Sixth Street. Gabled roof forms, private balconies, and porches linked to walk-up stoops, mimic the homes across the street from the development. An art gallery faces Keyes Boulevard and a commons house/gallery space faces a new city park at the rear.

Aerial view facing South 5th Street. Image: Bernard Andre.

The walls of the factory building are broken up with color murals.

Residents display their art work in the common house gallery. Image: Bernard Andre.

The "cottage" courtyard has common areas + sheltered walkways.

Cottage view. Image: Bernard Andre.

Shaolin monks perform at opening celebration.

A Shaolin monk demonstrates martial art at the grand opening.

DB checks out a resident's artwork at the grand opening.

A resident's art piece at grand opening.

Abstract art at grand opening.

The Silicon Valley Affordable Housing Tour checks out the common house gallery at Art Ark, May 15, 2010.

Art at the Art Ark.

Art at the Art Ark.

Site plan sketch.

Aerial view in context. Image: Bernard Andre.

South west aerial perspective rendering.

Rendering of factory with art cafe facing Keyes Blvd.

project details


Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments


San Jose, California


The CORE Companies


David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

Gregory Lewis

Structural Engineer

Hoogerwerf Engineering

Electrical Engineer

MDE Electric Co.

Mechanical Engineer

WKW Mechanical Contractors

Civil Engineer

Giuliani + Kull



project data
Art Ark
1058 S. 5th Street + 1035-55 S. 6th Street  
San Jose, California
Completed January 2007
number of units
studio 133
2 bedroom 15
total 148
density ratios
project sf 171,779
site sf 94,046
acres 2.2
total bedrooms 163
bedrooms/acre 75
units/acre 67
total 173
spaces/unit 1.17
type  independent concrete