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jones | haydu designs the Amador Apartments, a modern addition to one of Oakland’s most vibrant neighborhoods

Project name:
The Amador Apartments
Architecture firm:
jones | haydu
Oakland, California, USA
Bruce Damonte
Principal architect:
Hulett Jones, Paul Haydu
Design team:
Hulett Jones, Principal. Paul Haydu, Principal. Aaron Goldman, Project Manager
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Interior design:
jones | haydu
Waterproofing: Thornton Tomasetti; Green Point Rater: Bright Green Strategies
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Strandberg Engineering
Environmental & MEP:
Integral Group
Tools used:
Presidio Bay Ventures
Residential › Apartment

jones | haydu: Located at the far North end of Piedmont Avenue, the Amador Apartments are a modern addition to one of Oakland’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The 48,445-gross-square-foot mixed-use building is comprised of twenty-five apartments over ground floor retail. The retail space is intended to anchor the end of a retail corridor that is filled with robust and diverse tenants. The ethos, form, and material of the building are firmly in the tradition of California Modern design. The building balances urban density with open plans, indoor/outdoor living, and lots of natural light. The indoor/outdoor lifestyle is highlighted by clean horizontal lines which contain private balconies. The modern aesthetic is warmed at the balconies through the use of vertical clear cedar siding.

The residences surround an open-air communal courtyard. Each unit connects from the courtyard to the exterior with floor to ceiling glazing, providing views, and admitting glancing sunlight during special moments of the day. The interiors are intended to be tranquil, providing residents with a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life. Materials palettes are soft, subtle, and minimal, greeting residents with a relaxed atmosphere. Most units have private balconies or decks. Finally, the building is crowned with a shared roof deck which has sweeping views down Piedmont Avenue and up to the Oakland hills.

By Liliana Alvarez

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