The BUILDER - Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence is produced by BUILDER magazine and sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors.
The BUILDER - Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence is produced by BUILDER magazine and sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors.

FOR SOME ARCHITECTS, IT WOULD be easy enough to do the absolute minimum when public housing is the objective. Architect Michael Pyatok takes a different view: Everyone should be on a quest to design better affordable housing.

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The 53 low-income units comprising Oak Court Apartments are located in an affluent, established community of Arts and Crafts homes, so Pyatok designed seven Craftsman-inspired, three-story buildings to blend in with the neighbors. Using the formula of townhomes over flats, he arranged the buildings around a series of courtyards and gave each unit a patio or a balcony to provide extra outdoor space. A parking deck is discreetly hidden underground.

Category: Apartments—rentals; Entrant/Architect: Pyatok Architects, Oakland, Calif.; Builder: Segue Construction, Point Richmond, Calif.; Developer: Palo Alto Housing Corp., Palo Alto, Calif.; Landscape architect: PGA Design, Oakland