David Baker Architects

Windflower Lofts


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Aerial. Image: David Baker Architects/Google Earth

Facing the new Union Center Plaza and poised to connect to the upcoming Union City Intermodal Station (featuring BART, Capital Corridor, ACE, and Dumbarton Rail), this new project expands the housing stock available as part of the Union City Master Plan. Windflower Lofts activates a beautifully landscaped promenade that runs to the north of Station Center, award-winning affordable housing that serves as the pioneer development in the area.

Promenade entry. Image: David Baker Architects

Windflower Lofts brings 243 modern, practical rental homes suited for entrepreneurs and tech professionals, including 40 flexible live-work lofts, a new housing type for Union City.

The units encircle a large central courtyard filled with amenities for renters: a large swimming pool and freestanding green-roofed pavilions with spaces for yoga, gym, co-working, and a leasing office. The pool is shielded from view by the pavilions, yet there is a broad visual connection through portals from the street into the courtyard, revealing flashes of green and something of the inner life of the building.

Courtyard. Image: David Baker Architects

At the corner of 11th Street and the promenade, the prominent entry is demarcated by a towering open-air stair, green walls, and a corner retail space that will initially house a community art gallery.

Live-work lofts line 11th Street and the landscaped promenade. These flexible loft spaces are set back from the property line an additional 10 feet, widening the sidewalks and creating space for ground level patios. Along Berger Street to the north, and above the live-work lofts, a diversity of unit types (junior 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom) create housing opportunities for a wide range of residents.

 

Retail. Image: David Baker Architects

The building maintains an active edge on three sides. At the rear of the site, an embedded garage with 244 parking slots provides 1:1 parking and buffers the development from the sound of the adjacent rail tracks. The building massing is self shading, in response to its solar orientation. That is, at the southwest façade, balconies are recessed. At the northwest and southeast, bays are articulated to provide shade from the sun while opening up towards light and views of the nearby hills.

Promenade lofts. Image: David Baker Architects

Along 11th and the promenade, the flexible loft spaces line the ground level with active uses. The lofts are set back from the property line by 10 feet, creating a gracious sidewalk and making space for private patios. Keeping the surrounding streetscape active and vibrant, residential units along the newly created Berger Street have raised stoops that connect directly to the street.

Image: David Baker Architects

Aerial view looking from southwest.

Aerial view looking from northwest.

This section is through the pedestrian promenade.

This section is through the pedestrian promenade with a 10 foot set back to improve site lines from the BART Station.

Aerial. Image: David Baker Architects/Google Earth

View from BART. Image: David Baker Architects

View to the south along 11th Street. Image: David Baker Architects

View to the north along 11th Street. Image: David Baker Architects

Promenade entry. Image: David Baker Architects

Retail. Image: David Baker Architects

Promenade. Image: David Baker Architects

Promenade lofts. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

Courtyard. Image: David Baker Architects

Aerial site plan. Image: David Baker Architects/Google Earth

East elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

West elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

North elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

South elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

project details

Category

Market-Rate, On the Boards, Transit-Oriented Developments

​Location

Union City, California

Architect

David Baker Architects

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project data
Windflower Lofts 21302
Union City, California
In Design
number of units
junior 1 bedroom 66
1 bedroom 115
2 bedroom 22
live-work loft 40
total 243
density ratios
project sf 289,267
site sf 107,522
acres 2.46
total bedrooms 265
bedrooms/acre 108
units/acre 99
open space sf +/-20,000
open space sf/unit +/-82
parking
total (auto) 244
resident 244
spaces/unit  1
type garage
motorcycle parking 10
bicycle parking 128