Located in the heart of Clawson, known to locals as the Dogtown neighborhood of West Oakland, this 2-acre site encompasses roughlyan entire city block. This previously light industrial site now contains 94 residential units, 30 work/live units, and 2,100 square feet of commercial space.
Two, four-story buildings are bisected by a private mews with work/live units, creating a tree-lined open space internal to the development. The entry of the midblock mews is marked by a one-story commercial structure with soaring ceilings, providing 2,100 SF for neighborhood retail. The retail was designed to spill out into the entrance to the mews, activating the public-private interaction of this space. The two buildings were arranged to step down in scale responding to neighboring structures between Hollis and Haven Streets. Among the 214,000 SF of built area, nine 3-story work/live units activate the mews and 21 work/live units surround the perimeter with direct street access to create a lively street edge.
The design integrates an existing historic cornertwo-story structure that was emblematic of local corner commercial buildings with residential units above. Above the corner structure, located at a triangular point of the site visible from a major thoroughfare in West Oakland, is an art piece coined “Even Jazz Gets the Blues” by artist Steven Anderson in collaboration with fabricator SMA Events and Local Edition Marketing. Envisioned to envelop a four-story stairway, this art piece transforms from day to night by allowing light to emanate from the voids in the metal artwork.
A design challenge of the site was to create an intimate private experience internal to the block while engaging with the surrounding neighborhood. The mid-block mews and raised internal courtyards serve as an urban oasis for residents, while the mid-block commercial space and ground floor work/live units interface at a pedestrian scale with the neighborhood. Another challenge of this site, which fronts four streets, was breaking down the form to relate to neighboring buildings and creating a separate architectural vocabulary between the two buildings while utilizing similar materials. Exterior materials included cement plaster and fiber cement lap siding with touches of metal, a nod to the historic industrial uses of the site.
Material Used :
1. Facade cladding:
Fiber Cement Lap Siding, Hardieplank smooth and colonial lap, Hardie
Metal Panel, Flush flat panel, AEP Span
2. Flooring: Luxury Vinyl Tile
Doors: various, Aluminum Storefront, Old Castle
Fibrex, 100 series, Andersen Windows
Aluminum Storefront, Old Castle
Standing seam metal, AEPSpan
Single Ply roofing, GAF PVC
5. Interior lighting: various
6. Balcony guardrail and fencing, Aluminum extrusion, Knotwood