David Baker Architects

Lakeside Senior Apartments


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View from the corner of 2nd Avenue and East 15th Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

Lakeside Senior along Oakland's Lake Merritt. Image: Brian Haux/Skyhawk Photography

On the site of the previous parking lot of the adjacent senior housing, this project brings 92 new affordable units to Oakland plus—in an embedded garage—ample parking for both developments.

The new building provides homes for seniors and formerly homeless seniors just one block from the renovated Lake Merritt waterfront, as well as within walking range of parks, playgrounds, restaurants, and shops.

 

Main residential entry. Image: Treve Johnson

The signature DBA K door. Image: David Baker Architects

Signature K Door in action in the Lakeside Senior Apartments lobby. Image: Mariko Reed

Weekly Bingo in the community room. Image: Mariko Reed

Community Room

The flexible community room is one of several common spaces that host activities for residents and the larger neighborhood.

Community room. Image: Bruce Damonte

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The community room opens onto the sunny courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

Courtyard

The west-facing main courtyard opens toward the street and is warmed by afternoon sun. The private courtyard is visible to passersby, creating a balance between security and transparency and connecting the building to the life of the larger neighborhood. 

Courtyard looking towards the west. Image: Bruce Damonte

The courtyard view from the community room. Image: Bruce Damonte

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One of the many uses of the flexible wellness room. Image: Mariko Reed

Rooftop Community Suite

The building is topped by a fifth-floor suite of community spaces, including garden plots for residents, a community room and kitchen, outdoor decks, and a wellness studio—all with spectacular lake and city views. 

Image: Mariko Reed

Stoops

 

Ground level units have stoops to engage the public realm.

Residential stoops connect directly to the sidewalk. Image: Mariko Reed

Plans

The mid-size building mass is broken into two volumes that step down, creating a transition between the existing high-rises and low-scale residences.  At the upper level, a bridge spans the courtyard, connecting the two residential blocks. Throughout, breakout nooks provide places for seniors to gather outside of their units. The new building activates the street edge with three lobbies as well as stoop units that connect directly to the surrounding sidewalks. 

 

Site plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Fifth-floor plan featuring rooftop community spaces. Image: David Baker Architects

Residents

 

There's a story behind every resident at Lakeside.

Mr. Ting. Image: Bruce Damonte

Tai Chi class in the courtyard. Image: David Baker Architects

 

 

"There is great beauty here that is thoughtfully executed in a light and airy way that is echoed throughout the building."
—Jury comment

Award Winner

Lakeside Senior Apartments won the prestigious AIA/HUD Secretary's Design Award in 2016, and the Gold Nugget Honor Award for Best Affordable Senior Community in 2017.

The AIA-HUD Housing Design Award ceremony at the Philadelphia History Museum on 2016.05.20 From left to right: Jane C.W. Vincent, HUD Region III Director, David Baker FAIA, and R. Denise Everson Associate AIA and Chair of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community. Image: David Baker Architects

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Watch the video to meet some of the residents and learn more about Creativity Explored and the Lakeside art program. 

Lakeside Senior along Oakland's Lake Merritt. Image: Brian Haux/Skyhawk Photography

Blending in: The view from the lake. Image: Bruce Damonte

The top floor towards Lake Merritt was set back in response to neighbors' concerns. Image: Bruce Damonte

View from the corner of 2nd Avenue and East 15th Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

2nd Street elevation. Image: Bruce Damonte

2nd Street sidewalk. Image: Treve Johnson

The courtyard is visually connected to the street but physically separated by this landscaped berm and glass and cor-ten steel fence. Image: Treve Johnson

Image: David Baker Architects

Residential stoops connect directly to the sidewalk. Image: Bruce Damonte

Residential stoops connect directly to the sidewalk. Image: Mariko Reed

Main residential entry. Image: Treve Johnson

The signature DBA K door. Image: David Baker Architects

Signature K Door in action in the Lakeside Senior Apartments lobby. Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

The tokonoma wall displays art by residents.

The wide lobby and hallways accommodate events and residential traffic, such as two wheelchairs or walkers passing by. Image: Mariko Reed

Community room. Image: Bruce Damonte

The community room opens onto the sunny courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

Weekly Bingo in the community room. Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

The courtyard view from the community room. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Courtyard looking towards the west. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Treve Johnson

A detailed photo of the rain-screen and courtyard green roof. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Elevator landings feature seating and artwork. Image: Mariko Reed

The bridges between buildings offer a place to stop and rest, meet, or enjoy the view. Image: Mariko Reed

One of the many uses of the flexible wellness room. Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

An event kitchen and meeting space available to staff and residents. Image: Mariko Reed

Rooftop community room. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Treve Johnson

City Slicker Farms volunteers work with residents to keep the rooftop garden thriving. Image: City Slicker Farms

Rooftop gardener. Image: David Baker Architects

Tai Chi class in the courtyard. Image: David Baker Architects

Mr. Ting. Image: Bruce Damonte

Corner of Second Avenue and East 15th Street. Image: DBA

East 15th Street, looking east.

Rendered courtyard view from East 15th Street.

Aerial view with Lake Merritt.

Entry sketch.

Courtyard sketch.

Stoops enliven the pedestrian edge along the Second Avenue frontage.

Sketch study of the stoops along Second Avenue.

Sketch study: How the courtyard meets the sidewalk.

Fifth-floor plan featuring rooftop community spaces. Image: David Baker Architects

Site plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Lakeside Senior Housing under construction on the east edge of Lake Merritt. Image: Brian Haux

Lakeside Senior Housing, at bottom, under construction next to Rose of Sharon Senior Homes on Lake Merritt's eastern edge. Image: Brian Haux

A group shot on the roof deck. From left: Billy Forrest AIA, Cindy Heavens (SAHA), Devon Moeller (SAHA), Daniel Simons AIA, David Baker FAIA, and Nadia Akel (Roberts Ohbayashi Construction).

2014.04.09 view from down 2nd Avenue towards 16th Street.

The view of Lake Merritt from the roof deck is spectacular.

2014.04.09 The view from the roof deck garden of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland.

2014.04.09 The west facing courtyard will capture afternoon sun. The windows in the "bridge" open from an informal social space.

2014.04.09 the corner of 2nd Avenue and East 15th Street takes shape.

The AIA-HUD Housing Design Award ceremony at the Philadelphia History Museum on 2016.05.20 From left to right: Jane C.W. Vincent, HUD Region III Director, David Baker FAIA, and R. Denise Everson Associate AIA and Chair of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community. Image: David Baker Architects

awards

Gold Nugget Grand Award—Best Affordable Senior Housing Community
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Readers Choice Award: Senior Housing
Affordable Housing Finance Magazine
AIA/HUD Secretary's Award: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design
American Institute of Architects
AIA East Bay Design Awards—Honor Award
AIA East Bay

publications

Bring Beauty: Art for Seniors

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments, LEED, Senior Housing

​Location

Oakland, California

Developer

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA)

Landscape Architect

PGA Design

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Contractor

Roberts-Obayashi Corporation

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project data
Lakeside Senior Housing 20911
115 East 15th Street
Oakland, California
Completed December 2014
number of units
1 bedroom 91
2 bedroom (manager) 1
total 92
density ratios
project sf 107,892
site sf 28,947
acres 0.66
total bedrooms 93
bedrooms/acre 138
units/acre 138
parking
total 59
spaces/unit .25
type garage
certification
LEED for Homes Certified  Platinum