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.