Art Ark Affordable Housing, All projects, Apartments
San Jose, California

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The grand opening featured an Aztec dance performance.

A Shaolin monk flying high at the grand opening.

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.

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

Resident artist Pernilla Anderson at grand opening.

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 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.

project details


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