West Sacramento CA | Completed
Situated on a disused industrial lot at the heart of future dense development, the family-oriented building offers 70 affordable apartments near the riverfront, Raley Field, and downtown Sacramento.
The building’s distinctive entry tower serves as a beacon for the new neighborhood. Fashioned from perforated weathering-steel panels and visible from a distance, the open-air stair tower takes its cue from the historically industrial area. At ground level, the rust-toned stair tower cedes to a boulder-strewn courtyard, recalling the shades and shifting forms of the Sierra Foothills.
The building is divided into two residential "bars" that relate to each other across a central courtyard and are linked by open-air walkways. Five levels of housing line Bridge Street, with ground-level residences opening directly onto the sidewalk via balconies and stoops. The building steps down toward the toward the smaller alleyway to the south, which is lined with permeable planters that tie into the city infiltration system.
The podium courtyard serves as the heart of the development. Balconies, decks, and patios surround the courtyard, creating a continuum of private to public space. The central courtyard remains open to the east, a design strategy to protect residential units from the potential adjacent development. This courtyard aperture provides an opportunity for the future neighbor to align or connect with this open space.
At ground level, a large community room opens widely to a public plaza at the sidewalk, offering a neighborhood amenity. Housing and community uses wrap the large parking garage, obscuring it from view and preserving an active street edge with plazas, planters, and floor-to ceiling windows in the community spaces.
959 Bridge Street
West Sacramento, CA