This eight-story mid-rise replaces a parking lot with a car-free, high-density building two blocks from Market Street transit opportunities. The lofty ground floor activates the street edge with community and retail spaces, including an expanded corner space for a long-time neighborhood grocer and a space for a local restaurant.
The community is centered on a flexible, sheltered courtyard and topped by a roof-top farm with sweeping city views—open green space for residents in a neighborhood where such a resource is in short supply. The farm offers a social spot with sweeping city views and provides food and gardening opportunities for residents.
The lobby, community room, and laundry lounge all open onto the courtyard, creating connections that make for a lively, social ground floor.
The contextual building both fits in and stands out in the historic neighborhood. The variegated brick facade references local masonry, and a dramatic twist and graphic notches in the top of the structure align with surrounding historic cornices.
The sustainable development is LEED for Homes Mid-Rise certified, and is one of the first ENERGY STAR certified buildings in California, meeting strict EPA energy standards and performing better than at least 75% of similar buildings nationwide.