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17th Street Apartments Oakland, CA.

New Clothes

The 17th Street Apartments transformed the facade and entry of an uninteresting 1960’s apartment building into a building with distinctive character.

We analyzed the original elevation by diagramming the composition’s organizational parti to then reconstruct the facade from this order.  Here we employed the use of color, texture and pattern to highlight the composition. Along with these graphic surface qualities we formed a discernable entrance through the use of landscape and architectural elements such as vegetation, fences, balconies and brackets. 


Construction Type: VA | Occupancy: R2 | Stories: 3 | Sq. Footage: 12,438 | Architects: Tuvia Poliskin AIA while at Kahn Design Associates