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Located in an existing residential and commercial area, the project provides 40 units of various bedroom types, with 4 units set aside for affordable housing. Occupying 3 lots, the building maintains the articulation of a typical single-family / low-density massing while accommodating the maximum height allowed through the TOC incentives. Reaching 6 stories, the apartments feature a roof deck and various balconies with generous open space for the co-living residents.

Diverse unit types containing anywhere from 1 to 4 bedrooms, accommodate residents willing to live alone, with roommates, or with large families. The coliving units allow each resident to have their own private bedroom, coupled with shared spaces in the kitchen, dining, and living rooms, offering residents a built-in community. For those living alone, communal living encourages socialization and collaboration, allowing residents to socialize by ease of proximity in these shared spaces, a new model of living post-pandemic.

Covered balconies are recessed within the massing, making them more intimate and shielded from their neighbors. The rooftop balconies set back 15’ from the front edge of the building, providing large open space for the units and helping minimize the impact of the building height from the street. 50 parking spaces are provided on the lower level, which allows units to occupy the ground floor with patio space on the street. The size of the site allows more parking than is required for TOC, an extra benefit for residents who want the flexibility to drive

Inspired by mid-century California modernist architect Irving Gill, the project nods to a minimal aesthetic with clean, rectangular masses and arched openings. In lieu of one large residential mass, the project is split into 3 smaller masses with open-air corridors running between. As one enters the building, the massing in the center becomes split further to allow space for a common central courtyard. Compared to the organization of one single building, the split massing is more transparent in its nature, encouraging residents to view into and out of the project and encouraging a connection of the building to its context. The separation of buildings also allows for abundant natural light and ventilation to maximize passive energy solutions for the renters. Green space occupies the exterior common spaces in the courtyard and roof deck with native, drought resistant plants. Plants meet low-impact development standards, capturing rainwater within planters and harvesting it for future watering. Arches and rounded corners at the edge of the masses further soften the building’s edges to its surroundings.

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