Friday, September 11, 2009

Work In Progress: City Center Lofts

This is a projects still very much in the design phase. City Center Lofts is located in the city of Woodland, just north of Sacramento, California. It covers two city blocks and is made up of 120 residential flats in 4 stories over 30,000 SF of ground floor commercial space. A second phase of similar volume is in design next door.

The project lies at the end of an historic Main Street which contains many picturesque buildings constructed between the 1880's and 1930's. Rather than mimic the various styles of the existing streetscape we felt that an equally lively cotemporary design would be the best approach. Hopefully the two will compliment and invigorate each other. The final design will contain street trees and a landscaped parkway at the street sides, and a large lushly planted garden plaza with a fountain on the alley side of the builing.

Much of the detailing and the selection of colors and materials has yet to be done. Since the use of poor quality stucco has been the general bane of architecture in California since the second world war, we are contemplating the use of prefinished metal siding, or rain screen panels for the exterior, and a color pallate derived form the Craftsman tradition.

Budget allowing we hope the design of the project will be complete by the end of 2009.

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