These 102 affordable family rental homes are being developed by RCD at the Milpitas BART Station. The construction will take advantage of factory built modular technology to reduce cost and build faster.
The building massing takes the form of stepped volumes along the most prominent south frontage, and the massing is further broken up through an alternating color-block treatment achieved with paint. Stepped volumes frame an at-grade courtyard and podium level courtyard, connected by a decorative bridge that spans between the west and east housing.
The west facade is further articulated by incorporating sawtooth massing with dominant windows facing northwest to control solar gain. Perforated metal sunshades provide an additional level of detailing and architectural interest at the upper levels.
At the ground level, natural materials of cor-ten steel (panel and perforated screen), board-formed concrete, and aluminum and glass storefront are paired with a garden entry sequence for a warm and welcoming street presence.
The two courtyards--one at ground level and one above on the second-level podium--offer residents opportunities for outdoor leisure and social connection. Storm-water planters at podium level and extensive permeable surfaces at the ground level provide rainwater filtration and storm-water resiliency.