ELLIS STREET MULTI-FAMILY

PETALUMA, CA

THIS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSES A NEW 13 UNIT MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WITH 3 BUILDINGS INTERLACED WITH GARDENS & COURTYARDS. THE GOAL WAS TO PROVIDE AN ENCLAVE WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH PUBLIC, SEMI PRIVATE & PRIVATE AREAS FOR TENANTS TO USE.

THE SITE IS DIVIDED WITH VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE NORTH WHERE THE GARAGES ARE LOCATED AT THE GROUND LEVEL AND A PEDESTRIAN WAY TO THE SOUTH. THE COURTYARDS BETWEEN THE BUILDINGS HAVE LANDSCAPED PATH AND BENCHES THAT ENCOURAGE NEIGHBORLY INTERACTION. THE REAR OF THE SITE HAS A COMMUNITY ROOM OVERLOOKING A POOL. 

THE SCALE OF THE BUILDINGS ARE SUCH THAT THEY DON’T OVERWHELM OR SITE OR NEIGHBORHOOD BUT ALLOW MORE OVERALL DENSITY IN TODAY’S SQUEEZED HOUSING MARKET. 

THE 3 STORY BUILDINGS HAVE A GROUND FLOOR CAR AND BIKE PARKING AREAS WITH A WALK UP BREEZEWAY TO THE  UNIT ENTRIES AT THE 2ND LEVEL.  NATURAL LIGHT FLOODS THE LOBBY FROM THE SKYLIGHTS ABOVE WHILE THE BREEZEWAY TAKES ADVANTAGE OF LOCAL AIR CURRENTS.

THE TWO STORY UNITS ARE ALL 2 BEDROOM WITH A DOUBLE STORY LIVING SPACE THAT SITS ADJACENT TO THE 3RD STORY LOFT. THE DOUBLE HEIGHT CORNER WINDOW WALL ALLOWS LIGHT TO PENETRATE DEEP INTO THE UNITIS

EACH 1150 S.F. UNIT HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE COURTYARDS BELOW.