This project’s site is unusual: It's rich in history as part of the former Alameda Naval Air Base, yet lacking a physical context since the military facilities were demolished.
Aware that Shinsei is part of a completely new residential neighborhood, we chose to present a gabled façade to the street, while employing curved geometries and shed roofs behind. Shed roofs alow for transom windows at the south and east façades.
Four separate buildings of various sizes are connected by exterior walkways. This layout creates a fabulous interior courtyard with a variety of outdoor activities. Every unit has direct access to the courtyard, marked by a wood arbor. The courtyard will be well-monitored, since every kitchen window faces it.
The project is currently a candidate for LEED Platinum certification.
The project will be managed by local nonprofits, with about 35% of the 39 units targeted to house people with physical disabilities.