David Baker Architects

Onizuka Crossing Family Housing


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A partnership between two affordable housing developers—MidPen Housing and Charities Housing—was established to transform the site of a former armory into permanent, supportive housing for formerly homeless and low-income families in the heart of Sunnyvale.

The project is located near the junction of two major thoroughfares (N. Wolfe Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard) and is adjacent to a large public park.

DBA collaborated with MidPen Housing to design 58 new affordable homes for low-income families and formerly homeless veterans and other individuals.  The project has a welcoming entrance and active ground floor featuring an expansive community room and extensive services. The homes are organized along open corridors around shared courtyards. The after-school center opens onto a podium patio with playful sculptures and community garden beds. 

We worked closely with Charities Housing and Studio E, the team producing the adjacent studio housing, to maximize the benefits of the site for both developments and the surrounding neighborhood.

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OPEN CIRCULATION

The apartments are arranged in "pods" around a system of open-air corridors that run through the project like a spine, originating from a prominent "green" stair at the entry. The open corridors stitch the units together with gathering spaces in the courtyards.

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OPEN SPACE

The careful integration of building and planted open space is a central feature of the design strategy. Introducing a higher density development into the existing neighborhood required stepping the building massing down to meet the residential scale of the surrounding neighborhood.

The pods create podium level courtyards that are enclosed on 3 sides. Image: Bruce Damonte

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INTERIORS

The common interior spaces feature sliding wooden barn doors to provide flexibility and warmth.

The elevator lobby with the common mail area. Image: Bruce Damonte

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APARTMENT INTERIORS

The community provides critically needed state of the art apartments for lower income families and veterans.

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The site plan includes an adjacent Charities Housing development for formerly homeless residents, designed by Studio E Architects. Image: David Baker Architects

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This massing diagram prepared for the City of Sunnyvale includes both buildings planned for the site.

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The elevator lobby with the common mail area. Image: Bruce Damonte

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The pods create podium level courtyards that are enclosed on 3 sides. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Urban agriculture on the podium. Image: Bruce Damonte

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View across E. Maude Avenue toward the "inside-outside" community room and main entrance. Image: Bruce Damonte

View across E. Maude Avenue toward the "inside-outside" community room and main entrance. Image: David Baker Architects

View from the northeast across N. Wolfe Avenue. Image: David Baker Architects

This trellis shades the deck at Onizuka Crossing Family Housing. Image: David Baker Architects

Perspective of the west courtyard and play area, adjacent to a classroom for after-school programs. Image: David Baker Architects

Aerial rendering from the south shows the Armory site with the family housing occupying the west half of the property.

This massing diagram prepared for the City of Sunnyvale includes both buildings planned for the site.

The site plan includes an adjacent Charities Housing development for formerly homeless residents, designed by Studio E Architects. Image: David Baker Architects

This diagram illustrates how the design consolidates parking and open space.

Landscape plan. Image: PGAdesign

Rendered elevation view from E. Maude Avenue includes the neighboring Charities/Studio E building. Image: David Baker Architects

Rendered elevation from the west property line. Image: David Baker Architects

2015.05.14 Preparing to pour the concrete podium. Image: David Baker Architects

2015.09.18 The view up the green stair. Image: David Baker Architects

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects

​Location

Sunnyvale, California

Developer

MidPen Housing

General Contractor

Roberts-Obayashi Corporation

Landscape Architect

PGAdesign

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project data
Onizuka Crossing 21214
620 E. Maude Avenue
Sunnyvale, California
Completed August 2016
number of units
1 bedroom 27
2 bedroom 11
3 bedroom 20
total 58
density ratios
project sf 102,474
site sf 55,158
acres 1.26
total bedrooms 109
bedrooms/acre 37
units/acre 46
parking
total 104
resident 93
ev pre-wire 11
bicycle parking 64
type garage
certification
GreenPoint Rated Registered