David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP, and Kevin Wilcock, AIA, created a pedestrian-friendly main street through the middle of this affordable housing community—a move the judges applauded. The project combines market-rate apartments with ground-floor, retail-style services, including a library and community center. Exterior public spaces are distinguished from the residential sections with boldly colored geometric wall patterns.
“The challenge,” Baker says, “was to make architecture out of the common spaces.”

david baker + partners, architects, san francisco

design principal: David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP, David Baker + Partners, Architects;
developers: David Neale, The CORE Companies

, San Jose, Calif., and Dan Wu, Charities Housing, San Jose;
general contractor: David Neale, CORE Builders, San Jose;
landscape architect: Kevin Conger, ASLA, LEED AP, CMG Landscape Architecture, San Francisco;
project size: 610 square feet to 1,100 square feet per unit;
site size: 4.77 acres;
construction cost: $140 per square foot;
rental price: $260 to $1,185 per unit per month;
units in project: 218;
photography:www.vantagepointphoto.com, except where noted.

product specs
bathroom fixtures, doors: Viking Door & Window; bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Armstrong World Industries; cooktop, garbage disposer, oven/range, refrigerator: Whirlpool Corp.; countertops: Pleasanton Plastics; dishwasher: ASKO North America; flooring (carpet): Conklin Bros. of San Jose; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Mullen Tile; garage doors: The Chamberlain Group (LiftMaster); hvac equipment: Selco Heating and Air Conditioning; paints/stains/wall finishes: Evans and Rhodes Painting& Decorating; windows: Accent Windows