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Tassafaronga Village / David Baker + Partners

  • Architects: David Baker + Partners
  • Location: Oakland, CA, USA
  • Architect: David Baker + Partners
  • Landscape Architect: PGA Design
  • Structural Engineer: OLMM Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: FW Associates
  • Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden
  • Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer: Guttmann + Blaevoet and SJ Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Sandis
  • Contractor: Cahill Contractors
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Brian Rose, Courtesy of David Baker + Partners

© Brian Rose Courtesy of David Baker + Partners Courtesy of David Baker + Partners © Brian Rose

From the architect. This new neighborhood, situated on seven-and-a-half acres in the southern end of Oakland, has a range of affordable housing, green pathways, pocket parks, and open spaces. The development has achieved one of the first LEED ND Certified Gold Plans.

© Brian Rose
© Brian Rose

All buildings are designed to the highest level of green standard—LEED for Homes—incorporating a wide range of complementary green strategies including solar power for on-site generation of electricity and hot water. Elements of the neighborhood include apartments, the Village Square, a past factory, and habitat for humanity houses.

Courtesy of David Baker + Partners
Courtesy of David Baker + Partners

A three-story apartment building features affordable rental units in multiple configurations. Apartments flank a hidden parking structure, setting a residential rather than industrial tone, and also enclose a second-level open-air courtyard. The front of the building is topped with a rolling green roof.

second floor plan
second floor plan

Tassafaronga is anchored by a large public plaza known as the Village Square. Each of the three new areas of housing also has a semi-private shared space, creating sheltered play and gathering areas for children and residents.

site plan
site plan

Pasta Factory

A defunct pasta factory and parcel of unused industrial land are reclaimed as small affordable apartments with a neighborhood-serving medical clinic.

phase 2 rendering
phase 2 rendering

Twenty-two family townhomes are going up in cooperation with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The recipient families of these homes personally participate in the construction of the buildings, with 500 hours of sweat-equity labor, which they are then able to purchase with an extremely low-interest mortgage.

© Brian Rose
© Brian Rose
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