Tassafaronga Village

Location: Oakland

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This affordable-housing project achieved the first LEED Neighborhood Design Gold certification in the California by integrating sustainable features into every aspect of the design — while enhancing a sense of community in an urban oasis. PGAdesign created appealing plant palettes that cleanse stormwater from surrounding streets, and runoff from roof drains is captured and treated by biofiltration planters.

All plantings are climate-adapted for low water use and maintained by drip irrigation. The cardboard mulch specified by PGAdesign aids in moisture retention, with added benefit of eliminating need for chemicals to control weeds. Small private decks within landscaped areas are made from recycled-content plastic lumber, alternating with areas of permeable paving of crushed granite.

Awards

  • 2011 AIA Housing Award in Multi-Family
  • 2012 Nathaniel A. Owings Entry of Note
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David Baker, FAIA David Baker Architects

Location: Oakland

Project Type: Housing

This affordable-housing project achieved the first LEED Neighborhood Design Gold certification in the California by integrating sustainable features into every aspect of the design — while enhancing a sense of community in an urban oasis. PGAdesign created appealing plant palettes that cleanse stormwater from surrounding streets, and runoff from roof drains is captured and treated by biofiltration planters.

All plantings are climate-adapted for low water use and maintained by drip irrigation. The cardboard mulch specified by PGAdesign aids in moisture retention, with added benefit of eliminating need for chemicals to control weeds. Small private decks within landscaped areas are made from recycled-content plastic lumber, alternating with areas of permeable paving of crushed granite.

Awards

  • 2011 AIA Housing Award in Multi-Family
  • 2012 Nathaniel A. Owings Entry of Note
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David Baker, FAIA David Baker Architects

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