Alta Buena Vista

Alameda, CA
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An adaptive re-use of the Alameda Landmark Del Monte Cannery, this mixed-use project will contain neighborhood serving retail, 372 residential and work/live units. Located between Buena Vista and Clement Avenues across from the Alaska Basin, the existing building, originally built in 1927 for the California Packing Company, is currently used as a general purpose warehouse. The structure is approximately 1,000 feet long by 240 feet deep. Character defining features include a pedimented clinker brick façade, large openings with overhead doors, multi-lite industrial sash windows and a linear loading dock running the length of the north and south façades.

Studying a re-use alternative focused on multifamily housing, BAR developed a strategy that includes selective removal of the existing roof to create open-to-the-sky paseos and light courts, while inserting residential units within the perimeter of the existing façade. Multi-level residential and work/live units incorporate the existing brick walls, existing industrial sash windows and exposed heavy timber framing to create a unique living environment. Traditional “flat” style units are inserted into the center of the existing structure as a vertical addition. The addition is set back a minimum of 60 feet to respect the integrity of the brick façade and warehouse massing. The project includes a central public pedestrian paseo linking the residential neighborhood and park at the south to the Alaska Basin to the north.

Sustainable materials are proposed, such as salvaged brick and industrial artifacts, composite wood for guardrails, VOC free interiors and recycled metal materials for repair of the loading dock canopies. All multi-level units have openings on two sides to enable cross ventilation. The project will provide parking for 372 bikes and a “bike kitchen” for repair as well as a dog-washing spa.