Richmond Senior Housing
Richmond, CA

Okamoto Saijo Architecture was asked by the Richmond Improvement Association, Independent Community Church and American Baptist Homes of the West to prepare a conceptual design for a 26-unit senior housing building on the southwest corner of MacDonald Avenue and Fourth Street. The ground floor of the three-story building has a small retail commercial space, support services (multi-purpose room, kitchen, library, laundry, offices & storage rooms), 17 parking spaces, and a south facing community open space in the interior of the site. The 2nd and 3rd Floors each contain eleven one-bedroom units connected by a single-loaded corridor to an elevator and stairs.

Since the site is a corner lot in the historic downtown district of Richmond, the building was designed to have a strong civic presence. At the same time, the single-loaded corridor and L-shaped floor plan on the 2nd and 3rd Floors allows for green building design features such as passive solar design and natural ventilation.   In terms of open space, the tenants have a choice between the quiet, landscaped garden in the rear yard or to sit in the more public front terrace facing onto MacDonald Avenue.  







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