David Baker Architects

Mayfield Place


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The sole new affordable development in Palo Alto, this collaboration between Related Companies and Stanford Research Park strives to make the jobs/housing balance more equitable in Palo Alto's impacted market. This mixed-use property offers 70 affordable homes bolstered by on-site social services and neighborhood retail, all close to transit and a thriving local shopping street.  
 

The building has an active ground floor, widened sidewalks, and generous plantings to uplift the pedestrian experience along busy El Camino Real. A prominent corner space is occupied by a local family-run café with outdoor seating. The building is also home to the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a tenant of the commercial building previously on the site. The Center enjoys expanded service spaces, dedicated at-grade parking, two convenient entries, and shared use of the courtyard.
 

This commercial frontage buffers the new homes from the busy thoroughfare: Behind, peaceful apartments with private balconies ring a sunny central courtyard and barbecue area. Amenities also include a flexible community room with an event kitchen, a fitness center, and secure bike storage.

The resident parking garage features lifts, and at the rear of the site a surface lot lined with flowering planted bioswales offers parking for the Vista Center, café, and building guests.

 

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ENTRY

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COURTYARD

The building is configured as a U facing south west away from busy El Camino Real.

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INTERIORS

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APARTMENTS

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RETAIL

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Site plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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The “Value Engineered” light fixtures in the corridor don’t add much delight. The corridor has a concrete surface which did save significant money and looks good. Image: David Baker Architects

Site plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Main entry off El Camino Real. Image: David Baker Architects

Looking down El Camino Real. Increased sidewalk depth, varied landscaping, and mixed-use programming at the building base strengthen the pedestrian experience. Image: David Baker Architects

The curved facade is surfaced with low fire tiles. Image: David Baker Architects

Residential courtyard. Image: David Baker Architects

View from the back alley. Image: David Baker Architects

Elevation facing El Camino Real. Image: David Baker Architects

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2015.10.21 Concrete texture, vertical, 1/2" gap.

The El Camino elevation nearing completion. The curved Muddox low-fire brick tile pixelated facade with Machiche wood base. Image: David Baker Architects

Cora the Guide Dog testifies at the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board hearing.

awards

AIASV Residential Design Citation Award
AIA Silicon Valley
Gold Nugget Merit Award—Best Affordable Housing Community (30 - 60 du/acre)
Pacific Coast Builders Conference

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments

​Location

Palo Alto, CA

Developer

Related Companies of California

Landscape Consultant

GLS Landscape/Architecture

Contractor

Segue Construction

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project data
2500 El Camino Real 21206
Palo Alto, California
Completed 2017
number of units
1 bedroom 24
2 bedroom 24
3 bedroom 22
total 70
density ratios
project sf 98,048
site sf 78,400
acres 1.8
total bedrooms 138
bedrooms/acre 76
units/acre 39
open space sf 33,000
parking
total  145
type  garage
bicycle parking 128
construction type
Type V-A over Type I-A  
certification
GreenPoint Rated  Platinum