2013 Second Street

2013 2nd Street Live/Work Lofts
Berkeley, California

Targeted toward artisans and hobbyists, this Live / Work Loft project is part of the larger Addison Corridor in Berkeley. 

The heart of the project is an interior courtyard, conceived as a working landscape: one that filters storm water and provides a space in which residents can engage in their craft. The courtyard's central axis reinterprets the site's location along the Union Pacific Railroad. Movable work tables will ride on reclaimed railroad tracks, providing flexible work and gathering space. This axis is punctuated to the west by a large bioretention planter that will filter storm water from the building roof. To highlight the planter's connection to water, a water feature in the form of a linear spillway will be integrated into the planter. 

Additional storm water filtration planters are located along the north entryway integrated into a vine planting trellis, and as niches within the building's east facade. Street trees with sidewalk grade planters will definite the project's urban edge.

Project Team:  Levy Design Partners, Kister, Savio & Rei, Strandberg Engineering, Belden Consulting Engineers