The site, adjacent to the freeway, required deft design so that the new building would fit in with its neighbors.
The Bay area has a staggering shortage of affordable housing, yet at the same time, the city is a something of a mecca for inventive ways to deliver housing to those in need.
The judges admired the cohesiveness of the project; how separate little homes looked like one big home.
Pops of color, industrial materials, and artwork help the building harmonize with neighboring buildings.
The building achieved a GreenPoint rating that will reduce residents' utility bills and promote healthy living.
Because of the freeway and traffic, the facade was built with an acousitc clip--two layers of wallboard to deaden noise. Windows are soundproof aluminum.