David Baker Architects

Linden Court

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Front stoops allow direct street access and improve neighborhood activity.

Northwest perspective.

This high-density design brings more than 70,000 square feet of affordable housing to West Oakland without sacrificing neighborhood scale. The local community informed the design throughout, and entrances, porches, and courtyards, connect the project with the surrounding streets.

Entry gate on 26th Street to courtyard.


Community involvement occurred throughout the design and construction process. Multiple community meetings were held during each stage of design, with brainstorming sessions, community liaisons, and direct feedback from neighbors and residents.

Community building and balcony promenade encourage outdoor use.

Playground is surrounded by laundry, community room and office for increased security.

Relationships were maintained with all preexisting residents to ensure active participation in the design, and offer first placement in the new project.

Resident relaxing in his 3-bedroom townhouse.

Site plan.

Townhouses and office off courtyard.

All units access multiple courtyards that bring light, air, and a place for community interaction to the center of the building, and street-side entrances that connect to and enliven the surrounding neighborhood.


Community by Design Award
American Institute of Architects
Builder's Choice Grand Award
Builder's Magazine
Gold Nugget Grand Award—Sustainable/Green Residential Project of the Year
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Gold Nugget Award of Merit—Best Affordable
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Gold Nugget Award of Merit—Best Redevelopment, Rehab or Infill Site Plan
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Best Community Impact Award
San Francisco Business Times

project details


Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments, BRIDGE Housing, Green, HUD, Townhouses


Oakland, California

Nonprofit Housing Developer

BRIDGE Housing


Oakland Housing Authority


David Baker Architects

Interior Design

Design Mesh

Landscape Architect


Structural Engineer

OLMM Consulting Engineers


Roberts-Obayashi Corporation



project data
Linden Court
1089 26th Street
Oakland, California
Completed 2003
number of units
1 bedroom 15
2 bedroom
3 bedroom 34
5 bedroom 6
total 79
types of units
apartments 63
townhouses 16
density ratios
project sf 90,277
site sf 69,524
acres 1.6
total bedrooms 189
bedrooms/acre 118
units/acre 49
total 79
spaces/unit 1
type underground