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Project Profile: Eviva Mission Bay

Eviva Mission Bay, designed by LDA Architects, Inc. offered imposing challenges that were developed into unique design opportunities. The property is situated between established, industrial buildings, with a railroad yard and a freeway ramp to the north and a budding residential neighborhood to the south. It is an odd-shaped lot that presses tightly against the curve of the off-ramp. This created a few challenges for any units along the north side – the quality of life for the residents of those units is important to protect. Light, air and views became paramount concerns in the design of those units. Environmental issues created by the traffic noise and air quality compound the burden.

The design team wanted to shield those units from the challenges imposed by the freeway, yet pay homage to the industrial history of the neighborhood. To accomplish this, LDA proposed a corrugated steel skin to buffer the noise and to offer the impression of a protective barrier – using Corten steel of highway guard rails and the siding of choice for heavy, industrial buildings. This skin floats above the parking level, curving in response to the sweeping arc of the off-ramp and wrapping around the east to present this materiality to the descending traffic.

Balcony rails appear to “peel away” from the exterior metal, for added texture while offering protection to the shallow balconies behind them. Clad in a perforated version of the corrugated siding, they match the long, random panels that cover the numerous exhaust vents that are now invisible behind these masks. Wide, shallow windows channel interior views towards the distant San Francisco skyline, and in sync with the peeling balconies and long, perforated vents, reduce the frenetic pace of the freeway.

Along Berry Street, the scale of the neighborhood changes, as does the façade. This is the residential side of the site. This south facing side is much more open, bright and playful. A seemingly random assortment of bays, balconies and recesses are apparent among the grid that dominates the pattern down to a pedestrian level. The street level contains private stoops with bright, unique colored doors that define the personal space of these garden units. The skin is embellished with glass bars that are inset to refract light and promote interest to passing pedestrians. Windows along this south side face the sidewalk to create a connection between residents and their passing neighbors.

The interior courtyard at the podium level adjoins the open space at the neighboring development, creating a larger area of light and air. A fitness room sits below a living roof, clad in the corrugated metal of the north side, while colorful patterns replicate the look and feel of the streetscape, allowing for a conjoining of the two languages at the garden.

Project Profile: San Ramon Custom Home

Architect: James P Gibbon, AIA

This custom home is designed for a growing family. Located on Tassajara Road near San Ramon, it is set to be completed in late 2019 and occupied in early 2020. It is being designed in the twentieth century modern architectural motif. At present, the project is in the production drawing stage.

The house is two stories above the basement garage. It includes indoor and exterior pools, a roof skydeck, solar panels and wind turbines for supplemental energy. The home consists of 20,000 sq. ft. of living space with a 2,500 sq. ft. six car garage. The property consists of six acres of sloped site with a high plateau where the home will be located. The site will include a 12,000 sq. ft. fish pond, tram lift and roadway bridge to the home. The house is designed in a 1930’s modern architectural style, unlike other homes in San Ramon.

The entrance is oriented to the East to maximize privacy. The home is designed to meet the requirements of the family for ample living and entertainment space. It is designed to accommodate three or four generations of family members in the Indian tradition of each generation taking care of its elders in the home.

The home will have eight bedrooms, each with a bathroom and walk-in closet. It will include a media room, wine cellar and a lap pool in the solarium. It will have a porte-cochere, a two-story grand entry staircase and a garden wall. There will be an elevator and central stairway that provides access to four levels of the house. The home will includes two laundry rooms, a home office, a study, a full service pantry and butler’s pantry. There will be fully covered balconies on the main and upper levels, positioned at strategic locations around the home to provide sheltered exterior living space.

Architect – James P Gibbon, AIA

Structural Engineer – CHG Engineers

Civil Engineer – Debolt Civil Engineering

Soils Engineering – John Campbell + Associates

Title 24 – West Coast Energy Design

Kitchen Remodel in Oakland Mid-Century Modern Home

When the current owners purchased it, this home came with a cramped and very dated kitchen.  Originally surrounded on two sides by a walkway and deck, it had been remodeled by the previous owners to enclose this exterior space, creating a corner dining room and visually extending the kitchen.  The original exterior walls had been left in place with the window openings turned into pass-throughs, but that left the kitchen landlocked with none of its openings on the exterior of the building.  This created a very confined and dark room that was out of step with the rest of this relatively bright home with large living spaces.

Daniel M Swain, AIA had a plan to remove the original exterior walls and extend the kitchen by opening the space up to the dining room. This created bay views on one side and family room and backyard views on the other. This required some significant structural work to re-support the roof and ceiling, as well as a seismic upgrade to the rest of the structure. The kitchen is now open to the rest of the house, bright and functional, while maintaining the mid-century roots of the home.

For the finishes we replaced the raised panel, oak cabinets, tile countertops and red, clay tile floors. We replaced them with solid walnut cabinets, Princess White quartzite counter-tops, matte green glass subway backsplash and stainless steel appliances, and reused the sub-zero refrigerator. The owners were enamored with white marble, but opted instead for the lower maintenance requirements of the very white quartzite. The floor is long-dimension, textured porcelain tile giving a rich, dark look while being resistant to almost any damage.

Architect: Daniel M Swain, Architect

Contractor: Peter J Curlee Construction

Structural Engineer: Erik Andersen

Cabinet Maker: John Wilson

Photo Credit: Leori Gill

Project Profile: Belmont Country Homes

The featured project depicts the first two homes out of a six-unit high-end speculative development, located in the mid-Peninsula town of Belmont, for which Hayes Shair Architecture was also the developer/builder.  The project team was confronted with the challenges of a steep site, a stringent set of local design guidelines, and vocal neighborhood groups.  Each home was custom designed for its specific lot which included downslope, upslope, and flat configurations, simultaneously maximizing the allowable floor areas while preserving massing articulation and streetscape variety.

The downslope configuration of these first two lots informed many of the design decisions and presented both challenges and opportunities for innovation.  From the public road, the building appears as a single story home, with context-sensitive detailing to minimize bulk.  But immediately upon entry, the homeowner is greeted with a modern, voluminous living area, realized through the use of scissor-truss cathedral ceilings and an open circulation plan, and culminating at an all-weather deck with breathtaking views of the Belmont Hills.  The slope of the site allowed for full-height crawl-space understories, which provided additional bonus spaces for storage and mechanical equipment.

Each home made provisions for a flat, usable backyard, an added amenity for many hillside residences.  Green features include 2×6 (R-19 insulated) exterior construction, dual-pane glazing, tankless water heaters, smart irrigation sensors, occupant-controlled high-efficacy lighting throughout, and on-site stormwater filtration.

For the project team, the most enduring lesson was the benefit of a proactive neighborhood and agency engagement process, which secured critical stakeholder buy-in during a no-growth political climate.  Both the city and the developer walked away feeling that neither design quality nor financial feasibility were compromised, and could be proud of the collaborative results.

At this time, the first downsloped pair are built and sold, the second flat lot pair are currently under construction, and the final upsloped pair are breaking ground this spring.

Architect – Hayes Shair Architecture
Architect of Record – Fred Strathdee Design & Development
Structural Engineer – Chu Design & Associates
Landscape – Kikuchi Kankel Design Group
Civil Engineer – Underwood & Rosenblum
Soils Engineer – CAPEX Engineering
General Contractor – Dennis Liu Construction
Photo Credit – Edigitaltours

Project Profile: The Architects Office

Claiming nearly a full story inside an existing crawlspace gives an understated ranch new life on a challenging hillside site.       

The new owner of an understated ranch house in the Oakland hills wanted something more for their home so they brought on The Architects Office to help with their vision. The client wanted more windows for better Bay views; more bedrooms to fit the whole family; to expand the kitchen so that everyone could hang out together; and to create a backyard.

Settled into a downslope overlooking Montclair Village, a quaint, commercial/retail area nestled in the Oakland Hills, the existing home featured two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths. The location of the home had phenomenal views of the San Francisco Bay but only 15% of the walls facing that view were glazed.

The Architects Office helped the new owner discover the existing structure was full of potential and a program was developed to take advantage of views, increase floor area within the existing building mass and transform the exterior. A new layout was designed to keep living spaces adjacent to the view sides of the house, which minimized the impacts of construction on the remaining shell. From a conceptual point, this home was designed with the notion that an open-plan layout of spaces adjacent to view walls makes the space (particularly public spaces) feel larger and more expansive.

An oversized crawlspace below the lower level was also found to be big enough to build new bedrooms, a full bathroom and a playroom.

The only problem left to solve was creating enough outdoor space to recreate in. Given the existing house’s relatively small footprint on the steep site, it took some brainstorming to decide that decks were the best solution. Each level features a new deck and the lower ones feature exterior, recessed lighting.  Even better, the decks are located on the view side of the home. At the ground level, earth was terraced to provide ample space for the owner’s dog to run around.

The project recently won a Bay Area Remodeling Award and was nominated for a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Judges Choice Award.

General Contractor: Duchin Construction
Structural: John Bailey
Fire Sprinkler: Victory Fire Protection
Photographer: Treve Johnson, Allied Member

Project Profile: California Dream, Compact Reality

Traveleze is a renovated 1961 vintage trailer that is part tiny home, off-the-grid retreat and window onto the environment. Designed by Oakland-based architects Cheng+Snyder, the trailer completely re-imagines the original cramped interior with its small windows and telephone-booth-style bathroom. The big design move: one complete wall opens up, making the main room a balcony on wheels. The client, Gregory Piche, a Bay Area engineer, wanted a design that retained all the original vintage details on the outside yet could function as a modern home and office on the inside. By allowing one entire wall to fold out, both goals were met. When the wall is open, it provides shade, storage, an eating surface and natural light so that activities can spill out into their surroundings. When closed, the wall functions as a sleeping bunk and storage unit. Storage cubes underneath the sleeping bunk double as seating that can be placed outside. A drop-down table extends the counter space and creates an eating nook.

Besides all of its unique features, Traveleze is equipped with modern appliances including a refrigerator, microwave, convection oven, stovetop, furnace and hot water heater – all of which run on electricity drawn from rooftop solar panels or a backup propane system. While most trailers typically have a small bathroom (including the original Traveleze), this bathroom uses the full width of the trailer underneath the curved façade and includes a walk-in shower. Stainless steel fixtures and hardware, dark walnut hardwood floors and white wall and cabinet finishes form a rustic and contemporary interior palette. And at only 112 square feet, the Traveleze sleeps three – a small footprint for a full-size family.

Architect: Cheng+Snyder

Contractor/Fabrication: Larry Hill, Retro Restoration

Photos: Cheng+Snyder


Project Profile: Saikley Architects

Hilltop Contemporary – Richmond, California

Saikley Architects designed this new, ground-up home in the Richmond Hills for a young couple developing the site for a first home. The husband is a landscape designer/builder by trade and used the project to learn how to build a house. The wife did the project management.

Saikley Architects worked closely with the owners to create the design they wanted while allowing them to build their skills. The project was complex due to a steep slope, a small, irregularly shaped lot, civil engineering constraints and multiple zoning issues. Despite the beautiful site with its panoramic views of the Bay, the lot had been left undeveloped because of these complexities. Saikley Architects handled the negotiations for county approvals and worked with the owner/builder to ultimately create a 2,300 square foot, three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home that maximizes the site’s potential.

The owners asked for a modern house that felt warm and whimsical. They wanted a design with useful spaces and to be able to see the views throughout the house. The living space is an open plan, spilling out onto a large deck at one end and a yard at the other. An upper deck off the bedroom extends the living space. Windows in every interior space frame Bay views.

Saikley Architects provided building design details which the owner used in many unique interior and furniture design and site design details. The landscape design by the owner compliments and enhances the building and its relationship to the site.

Project Profile: Del Valle Fitness Center Renovation

For all of their projects, ArcPath Project Delivery acts as the owner representative. The firm principals, Fred Ponce, AIA and Allan McDonald, AIA, do not design any of the firm’s projects, but rather they facilitate communications and the collaboration between the design team, contractors and users.

The current renovation is by ELS Architecture and Urban Design. The original facility once housed areas for physical education, dinner/dances, concerts and meeting rooms. With numerous, small interconnected spaces, wayfinding for current activities is a maze. ELS has raised a portion of the roof to gain volume and daylight, and rearranged functions to significantly increase circulation efficiency, which simplifies user orientation throughout the facility.

Rossmoor is a nationally-recognized award-winning gated senior adult community of approximately 9,500 residents located in the Tice Valley area of Walnut Creek.

The Del Valle Fitness Center was originally constructed in 1959 as a gymnasium and multi-purpose facility serving the Del Valle High School campus. Rossmoor acquired the building in 1985. The complex has undergone several renovations including the expansion of the fitness center component and the enclosure of the pool in 2007. The fitness center is one of the most used amenities in Rossmoor averaging over 13,000 resident visits per month.

The Del Valle renovation is notable because of the unique efforts needed to bring together the opinions and specialized program requirements for an older adult community. Integration of the owner’s vendors for fitness equipment, furniture and IT/security design is managed with a sensitivity to the architecture and the users.

The project is targeted for a March 2017 construction start with a January 2018 re-opening.pp2 pp3

Project Profile: Devi Dutta Architecture Inc.

Backyard Retreat

pp3Located in the East Bay, this backyard studio provides a close retreat for a young family of four and their dog. They were rapidly outgrowing their two bedroom/one bathroom house and desperately needed more space. They have frequent family guests and had nowhere to put them, needed a place to keep growing instrument and surfboard collections and just needed space to hang out. Their current house, however, did not lend itself to an expansion without severe disruption to the structure, not to mention their daily lives. The two bedrooms faced the back yard, and the only way to access the yard was through one of them.

We decided on building backyard studio just steps away, that would contain construction separate from their house while ultimately providing the additional space they needed. The structure is a simple form that takes advantage of a western exposure with high windows and a loft that captures sky-line views. Triple-sliding doors open up the space to the yard and make backyard entertaining easy. Windows on all four sides create a warm, naturally lit space at all times of day. The palette is also simple, with smooth cement plaster and corrugated corten steel accents. The interior floors are acid stained concrete, and tile in the bathroom. A redwood loft warms up the space. At about 400sf, it’s just enough space to make a difference in how they inhabit their property. The kids have a hangout and future teenage space, the family can entertain without people traipsing through the house, and they have a vacation home just steps away!

Engineer: Mehdi Karimi, STG Inc. Photographer: Kat Alves Photography Contractor: Canivet Construction


Project Profile: Cooley Architectural Corporation

pp1 barre3 San Carlos, California

Once fully occupied by a tile showroom and warehouse, the shell was converted into four 2,200 sq. ft. spaces. In 2015, Misasha Graham purchased the barre3 (yoga/pilates/ballet fitness class) franchise rights for San Carlos and signed the lease for one of the spaces. The barre3 franchise didn’t have an architect with experience in California, so the owner found Cooley Architectural Corporation through a referral from another client. The project design was started in July 2015, and the studio was open in January 2016. The scope was to remove the existing restroom, ceiling, and light fixtures to start from scratch. Cooley Architectural Corporation provided a plan that met the barre3 corporate program of a welcoming area with retail, a play area, two unisex restrooms with one shower, a room for washing workout towels and as large and open a studio as possible. There is a full-height mirror on one side of the studio to give the illusion of a wider space. The biggest challenge of this project was coordinating the ventilation ducts, fans, lights, speakers andacoustic panels in the ceiling. What made this a greater challenge than it would have already been was that the slope of the existing roof resulted in very little clearance to hang the panels in the back of the space.pp4pp6pp3