Lakeside Senior Apartments

Architect: David Baker Architects

Owner: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA)

Location: Oakland, California

Project site: Previously developed land

Building program type(s): Residential – Multi-Family 5 or more units

The building provides 92 permanently affordable homes for low-income and special-needs, formerly homeless seniors, many of whom had been displaced by rising Bay Area housing costs. This site previously served as the underused parking lot for adjacent senior housing. The new building accommodates lost parking and adds capacity in a below-grade garage topped by five levels of housing and community spaces. The design underwent early variations as the developer acquired and incorporated small, irregular adjacent sites. The final assembled site offered additional capacity and a regular shape, which streamlined design. The goals were to add comprehensive affordable housing and supportive services, activate sidewalks to increase safety and enjoyment, and create a sense of place. This building brings focus to an area with an existing senior community, good transit, and vital neighborhood resources. A central courtyard lined with a transparent glass fence provides a protected space with a visual connection to the larger neighborhood. The top-floor community suite—garden, event kitchen, and wellness room— provides sweeping lake views for all residents. Care was taken to step the building massing down toward the lake, emphasizing the proximity to this wonderful urban resource and protecting neighbors’ light and views. The developer had a LEED goal from the outset. Shared by the design team, this goal informed all decisions about materials and systems, inspiring a range of complementary strategies that resulted in Platinum status. The building design begins with a tight envelope and massing articulation that responds to orientation. Strategies focus on reducing energy and water demand first, followed by efficient, cost-effective equipment that needs minimal maintenance and takes advantage of heat recovery and solar energy to reduce loads and offer multiplying benefits. For example, heat recovery ventilators in units provide balanced ventilation, improve comfort, and increase building durability while limiting cost burdens for low-income residents.

Additional information

Project attributes

Year of design completion: 2013

Year of substantial project completion: 2014

Gross conditioned floor area: 69,528 sq ft

Gross unconditioned floor area: 17,394 sq ft

Number of stories: 5

Project Climate Zone: Title 24 CA Climate Zone 03

Annual hours of operation: 8760

Site area: 28,947 sq ft

Project site context/setting: urban

Cost of construction, excluding furnishing: $25,294,079

Number of residents, occupants, visitors: 125

Project Team

Art Program: Creativity Explored

Development Partner: Oakland Housing Authority

Engineer – Civil: Sandis

Engineer - Electrical: F.W. Associates

Engineer - Mechanical: Robison Engineering

Engineer - Structural: Murphy Burr Curry

General Contractor - James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp.

Landscape Architect: PGAdesign  

Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden

Photography: Bruce Damonte, Mariko Reed, Treve Johnson, Brian Haux/Skyhawk Photography

Signage: Sterling Graphics

Third party rating systems

LEED: Platinum


Nancy Clanton, Clanton & Associates

Paul Mankins, FAIA, Substance Architecture

Christiana Moss, AIA, Studio Ma

Christoph Reinhart, MIT

Allison Williams, FAIA, AGWms_studio

Image credits

COTE LakesideSenior1 ©BruceDamonte

Bruce Damonte

COTE LakesideSenior2 ©BruceDamonte

Bruce Damonte

COTE LakesideSenior3 ©TreveJohnson

Treve Johnson

COTE LakesideSenior4 TreveJohnson

Treve Johnson

COTE LakesideSenior5 ©MarikoReed

Mariko Reed