Casas Las Granadas

Santa Barbara, CA United States

Peikert Group Architects


Project Description

2009 RADA

Affordable / Merit

Detlev Peikert, AIA, squeezed a long list of “must-haves” onto a tiny piece of land. The building masks a four-story parking garage, offers housing for low- to very low-income workers, and establishes a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare in downtown Santa Barbara, Calif.

Our judges felt his design achieved all the required goals and more: “It takes care of the garage, creates public and private outdoor space, respects local style, and looks like a pleasant place to live. What's not to like?”

Peikert implemented a sustainable strategy too. The south-facing units have high ceilings and balconies to usher in light. A bicycle station with maintenance equipment and showers encourages cheap eco-conscious transportation while creating a courtyard. “The way all of these elements come together,” Peikert says, “makes it a great place to live.”


Project Details

Casas Las Granadas
Shared by:
Project Team:
    Detlev Peikert, Principal In Charge / Project Architect;
  • General Contractor: Ken Trigueiro 
  • Landscape Architect: Phil Suding 
  • Structural Engineer: Thomas Long 
  • Photography: Emmalee Thomas 

Specified Products

Awnings: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics (Sunbrella); Exterior Siding: ParexLahabra; HVAC Equipment: Louisville Tin & Stove Co.; Lighting Fixtures: Techtron Products; Roofing: Maruhachi Ceramics of America; Ventilation System: Panasonic Corp. of North America; Water Heaters: Rinnai America Corp.; Windows: Eagle Window & Door



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