A committee of architectural firms, which include Pyatok Architects, Mithun | Solomon, and Kennerly Architecture & Planning, were hired to design each building in the three building complex. Renderings show a motley of low-rise buildings with simple rectangular lines and traditional facades. A few words to describe the renderings: banal, bland, and dated. A design three decades passed that stands against the winds of $3,500 median rents, bay area population growth, and the current housing crisis. The expansive site could hold triple the amount of units in a taller less sprawling building while still leaving plenty of open space. We are additionally displeased with the apparent lack of ground retail that could further enliven a desolate and sleepy stretch of Indiana Street. Everyone loves a corner coffee shop, right?
The building’s upper floors will be framed in wood and be supported by reinforced concrete first floor, basement, and foundation mat. Wood goes up swiftly and judging by current progress the project should wrap up by early 2017.