Oakland CA | Completed
The 91 townhouses that make up West End Commons are arranged in a woven pattern reminiscent of the teeth of a zipper. An array of four “slow alleys” —paved lanes lush with trees, vines, and grasses—bring traffic gently in and out of the development.
Running through the site, a meandering park pathway features a series of outdoor “rooms”—small gathering spots that give people opportunities to pause or connect on the way to communal amenities.
The live-work townhouse buildings each feature two addresses and entries, allowing for business uses. The buildings are set a skewed angles to allow residents to look out on greenery rather than at neighboring walls.
The townhomes combine the light, functional space of a loft with private bedrooms, kitchens, and roomy baths, creating eminently usable space and blurring the boundaries between traditional concepts of “living” and “working”—well before remote work became the norm.
Mandela Parkway, 28th Street, and Ettie Street