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A Brownstone stoop in Manhattan's Greenich Village neighborhood. Image: David Baker Architects

Three Victorians on Valencia The Deepistan Parklet is in from to of the middle one.

Stoops that connect private living spaces to public streets are one core strategy for enlivening the edges of urban buildings.

The nuance is providing a buffer from the private interior use and the public street. The most common way to achieve this is with a height differential, ideally around 3 feet. 

Traditional stoops were not constrained by modern codes, so they tend to be more varied, interesting, and successful.

2014 A nicely done renovation in the Pearl District of Portland. Image: David Baker Architects

DBA Stoops

We do modern versions of traditional stoops on our designs as part of our ACTIVE EDGES design principle.

300 Ivy Street

These modern rusted corten steel stoops are located on Grove Street in Hayes Valley at our 300 Ivy Street mixed-use market-rate condominium building.

Computer rendering of a stoop along Grove Street at our 300 Ivy design.

A laser cut corten rusting steel stoop on Grove Street at our 300 Ivy project in Hayes Valley. Image: Bruce Damonte

Lakeside Senior

Near Oakland's Lake Merrit this affordable building developed by the non-profit SAHA has shared stoops allowing direct entry into ground floor units.

A resident on her modern stoop at our 2015 Lakeside Senior Apartments. Image: David Baker Architects

Station Center Family Housing

Near the Union City BART Station our design for the Station Center Affordable Family Housing has at grade units that are entered from the sidewalk via bridges over a stormwater swale.

The stoop entries at Station Center Affordable Housing are level in to allow ADA access, but are buffered from the street by a stormwater retention swale. Though these look like a townhouse they are actually all flats. Image: David Baker Architects

Armstrong Place Family Townhouses

In San Francisco's Bayview with community has the stoops with useful decks..

A modern stoop at Armstrong Place in the Bayview.

Crescent Cove Affordabe Housing

This "workforce" housing was developed by Related in Mission Bay, San Francisco.

A stoop with residence engagement at Crescent Cove Workforce Housing, completed in 2007, photo in 2016. Image: David Baker Architects

A stoop at Crescent Cove Workforce Housing, completed in 2007, photo in 2016. Image: David Baker Architects

Modern stoops at Lakeside Senior Apartments in Oakland. Image: Mariko Reed

A resident on her modern stoop at our 2015 Lakeside Senior Apartments. Image: David Baker Architects

At FIVE88 Workforce Housing in San Francisco's Mission Bay, stoops activate the building edge with a direct connection to the sidewalk and give residents a spot for personalization. Image: David Baker Architects

At FIVE88 Workforce Housing, stoops have folded Cor-ten steel "bridges" across the bioswale, which allows stormwater to flow underneath and increases the amount of stormwater that can be treated on site. Image: David Baker Architects

A modern stoop at Armstrong Place in the Bayview.

A modern stoop at Ironhorse Affordable Apartments in West Oakland.

A stoop on Grove Street at our 300 Ivy project. Image: Bruce Damonte

Computer rendering of a stoop along Grove Street at our 300 Ivy design.

Family stoops at Pacific Pointe in Hunters View in San Francisco. Image: Bruce Damonte

Family stoops at Pacific Pointe Affordable Housing in Hunters View in San Francisco. Image: Bruce Damonte

A laser cut corten rusting steel stoop on Grove Street at our 300 Ivy project in Hayes Valley. Image: Bruce Damonte

Pacific Cannery Lofts has stoop/porches repurposed from a loading dock. Image: David Baker Architects

These new stoops were added to the Pacific Cannery Lofts alley facing ground level units to activate the pedestrian edge. Image: Brian Rose

The stoop entries at Station Center Affordable Housing are level in to allow ADA access, but are buffered from the street by a stormwater retention swale. Though these look like a townhouse they are actually all flats. Image: David Baker Architects

A stoop at Crescent Cove Workforce Housing, completed in 2007, photo in 2016. Image: David Baker Architects

A stoop with residence engagement at Crescent Cove Workforce Housing, completed in 2007, photo in 2016. Image: David Baker Architects

A stoop at our Crescent Cove Apartments in 2014.

Three Victorians on Valencia The Deepistan Parklet is in from to of the middle one.

A San Francisco stoop on 17th Street near the Castro.

A typical stoop in Hayes Valley, San Francisco.

Stoops on two tiny houses in Dogpatch, San Francisco. These houses were built from plans published in the newspaper.

2014 A nicely done renovation in the Pearl District of Portland.

2014 A nicely done renovation in the Pearl District of Portland. Image: David Baker Architects

A Brownstone stoop in Manhattan's Greenich Village neighborhood. Image: David Baker Architects

A typical Brownstone stoop in the Village, New York City. Note the half level down floor.

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

STOOPS Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: David Baker Architects

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoops. Image: David Baker Architects

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop next to a modern entry without stoop. Image: David Baker Architects

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA

Philadelphia stone stoop. Image: DBA