Ambassador Housing

Emeryville, a former industrial hub, is the first community over San Francisco's Bay Bridge.

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.

Three separate structures house studios, as well as one, two, and three-bedroom units.

The homes are for those who make 30 to 50 percent of area median income.

The judges admired the cohesiveness of the project; how separate little homes looked like one big home.

The project is proof that low cost and architectural liveliness can co-exist happily.

Pops of color, industrial materials, and artwork help the building harmonize with neighboring buildings.

On the larger building, accents of color add liveliness and warmth.

The building achieved a GreenPoint rating that will reduce residents' utility bills and promote healthy living.

Corten steel and large bays add interest and verve.

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.

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