Oakland CA | Completed
The 7.5-acre brownfield infill site—previously home to decrepit housing, an abandoned factory, and unused train tracks—was an unhealthy, perilous environment. The site spans an industrial-residential divide and particular care was taken with the scale and transitions at the edges.
In collaboration with the Oakland Housing Authority, we created a new village—a vibrant community made up of 60 affordable family rental apartments, 77 affordable rental townhouses, and 20 supportive apartments with an in-house clinic space, as well as 22 integrated Habitat for Humanity townhouses for first-time home-owners.
New landscaped paths and traffic-calmed roadways connect new housing to the previously isolated school, library, and community center. The renewed housing attracted Acta Non Verba, a community farm that engages with the kids from the housing and larger area.
In an article entitled “Design as Balm for a Community’s Soul,” New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman cited Tassafaronga Village as an example of the “multiplier effect of good design.”
930 84th Avenue