This 5-story mixed use community provides 315 multifamily units wrapped around an above grade parking structure. The project incorporates 5,400 SF of retail space tucked into the ground floor building. Amenities include lobby and recreation center along with an amenity roof deck on the roof of the parking structure.
The age-old question: how to create a sense of stability and space in the midst of an ever changing, fast-paced world? The city planned a futuristic new BART/VTA station, enhancing connectivity to key employment and entertainment districts in the Silicon Valley. Adjacent to this bustling station, a pair of transit-oriented residential projects with 582 market-rate rental units offers an iconic, richly textured living environment.
Architecturally, the two projects personify the paradox of movement as form. Cues were taken from the BART station itself, including extensive use of metal paneling and a futuristic outlook. The sweeping concave curves of the facades are meant to be read as one bold statement across both buildings, forming a prominent entry into the transit area. Fluidity, complementary curves, and unexpected angles in multiple dimensions all give a sense of the kinetic movement. Balconies engage angled acrylic railing and are highlighted with vertical metal grill panels. Angled bay windows, wrapped in metal, contribute to the dynamic energy. The project’s color palette is monochromatic with the added depth of metal panel cladding systems, metal awnings and fiber cement panels.
In spite of its monumental architectural gestures, the project carefully considers the human scale and the experience of the resident. The projects contain 5,000 SF of neighborhood retail space behind angled storefronts. A 2.1 acre public park, to be maintained perpetually by the developer, has been gifted to the city with $1 million slated for public art. Both buildings sport expansive rooftop recreation zones, each with a pool offering panoramic city views. Open concept units include top of market gourmet kitchens and finishes. Many residences enjoy expanded views as the result of cleverly angled interior walls. In the end, it is the dynamism of the architecture and execution which come together to form the epitome of a place to call home.
2018 MHN (Multi-Housing News) Excellence Award - Gold, Unbuilt of Today