Category: Architecture

Year: 2014

Palo Alto, CA

Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA

801 Alma

Photographer

Jeff Peters

The Family Housing design explores several methods to mitigate the noise and visual impacts from the adjacent four-lane thoroughfare and the commuter railroad tracks across the street. The concept is to cover a shingle-clad building with a stucco “shawl” that protects the private garden and light courts between the stacked two- and three-bedroom affordable units. Like fingers extending from the corridors, these garden courts filled with bamboo create visual privacy between units and provide natural day-lighting to the double-loaded corridors.

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