Oak Park Housing

Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Owner: Indie Capital

Location: Sacramento, California

Category: One- and Two-Family Production Homes (category two)

Oak Park Housing is a compact infill development on a long-vacant lot in Sacramento’s Oak Park district. The project, a dense cluster of six prototypical single-family homes, is a harbinger of Oak Park’s urban revitalization, its architecture cheerfully embracing the creative and buoyant energy that has propelled the ongoing renaissance of this vibrant and culturally diverse community. Carefully proportioned to echo the massing and scale of the area’s existing building stock, the houses are simple, two-story volumes, their appearance crisp but deliberately playful in a nod to the progressive spirit permeating the neighborhood. The buildings’ south facades transform into an articulated fields of vertical metal louvers that act as both sun screen and compositional device. The metered spacing of the louvers sets up a dynamic cadence, their prismatic colors complementing the homes’ otherwise neutral, muted tones and cheerfully reverberating the vivid, kaleidoscopic hues of the buildings and murals nearby.

Additional information

Engineer - Structural: Core 4 Engineering

General Contractor: Indie Builds


Simon Ha, AIA (Jury Chair), Steinberg Hart, Los Angeles, California

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York, New York

Hans Butzer, AIA, Butzer Architects and Urbanism, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mary Cerrone, AIA, Mary Cerrone Architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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