© 2012 Mikiten Architecture
University Avenue Senior Housing was an opportunity to honor Berkeley's vernacular. The developer brought us in as design architects after a series of difficult neighborhood meetings. Mikiten Architecture's design quickly resolved the neighborhood opposition, and the entitlements process proceeded smoothly. HKIT remained the Architect of Record for construction documents and administration.
We are steeped in the history of Bay Area architecture and the unique built environment of Berkeley. Our approach to this 79-unit building was to minimize the mass through a strong visual base at the ground floor and a horizontal façade element above. The program required that the project be a continuous building, yet our street facades are expressed almost as separate buildings. This lets the “street buildings” perform their job while the “infill building” recedes to the background.
Berkeley, CA - Affordable Senior Housing