David Baker Architects

Onizuka Crossing Family Housing


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View across E. Maude Avenue toward the "inside-outside" community room and main entrance.

A partnership between two affordable housing developers—MidPen Housing and Charities Housing—was established to transform the site of a former armory into permanent, supportive housing for formerly homeless and low-income families in the heart of Sunnyvale.

The project is located near the junction of two major thoroughfares (N. Wolfe Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard) and is adjacent to a large public park.

DBA is designing the MidPen Housing portion of the development, which includes 58 units of family housing (1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units) organized around three courtyards, with community and office spaces at street level.

Charities Housing and Studio E are producing the adjacent studio housing. The design and development teams are working closely to maximize the benefits of the site for both developments and the surrounding neighborhood.

Aerial rendering from the south shows the Armory site with the family housing occupying the west half of the property.

Perspective of the west courtyard and play area, adjacent to a classroom for after-school programs.

OPEN SPACE

The careful integration of building and planted open space is a central feature of the design strategy. Introducing a higher density development into the existing neighborhood required stepping the building massing down to meet the residential scale of the surrounding neighborhood.

Landscape plan. Image: PGAdesign.

View from the northeast across N. Wolfe Avenue.

OPEN CIRCULATION

The units are arranged in "pods" around a system of open-air corridors that run through the project like a spine, originating from a prominent "green" stair at the entry. The open corridors stitch the units together with gathering spaces in the courtyards.

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This massing diagram prepared for the City of Sunnyvale includes both buildings planned for the site.

View across E. Maude Avenue toward the "inside-outside" community room and main entrance.

View from the northeast across N. Wolfe Avenue.

Perspective of the west courtyard and play area, adjacent to a classroom for after-school programs.

Aerial rendering from the south shows the Armory site with the family housing occupying the west half of the property.

This massing diagram prepared for the City of Sunnyvale includes both buildings planned for the site.

The site plan includes an adjacent Charities Housing development designed by Studio E Architects for formerly homeless residents.

This diagram illustrates how the design consolidates parking and open space.

Landscape plan. Image: PGAdesign.

Rendered elevation view from E. Maude Avenue includes the neighboring Charities/Studio E building.

Rendered elevation from the west property line.

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, Under Construction

​Location

Sunnyvale, California

Developer

MidPen Housing

Landscape Architect

PGAdesign

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project data
Armory Family Housing 21214
620 E. Maude Avenue
Sunnyvale, California
Under Construction
number of units
1 bedroom 27
2 bedroom 11
3 bedroom 20
total 58
density ratios
project sf 102,474
site sf 55,158
acres 1.26
total bedrooms 109
bedrooms/acre 37
units/acre 46
open space sf  
open space sf/unit  
parking
total 104
resident 93
ev pre-wire 11
bicycle parking 64
type garage
certification
GreenPoint Rated Registered