BRIDGE Housing at 25
MISSION WALK, 330 and 335 Berry Street in Mission Bay
BRIDGE Housing’s Mission Walk development consists of two buildings, 330 and 335 Berry Street, in the Mission Bay Redevelopment Area. The buildings, stand across the street from each other and occupy the last undeveloped sites on Berry Street except for a vacant parcel bordering the freeway overpass. The project architects were Leddy Maytun Stacy (LMS); Full Circle Architecture was the associated firm.
The buildings’ massing and height are consistent with the character of the surrounding developments and with the Mission Bay Design for Development Guidelines. Corners, lobbies, elevators and stairs add verticality; a horizontal division of the upper and lower floors gives the buildings a visual base and unifies the urban row house scale.
The two five-story buildings contain 131 homes with landscaped central courtyards atop street-level parking garages. (Mission Bay’s high water table determined the above-ground construction of the garages.) Although they are not separate structures, the townhouses that occupy the buildings’ periphery and camouflage the on-grade garages reference urban row houses by being approximately 25 feet wide. They also give Berry Street a more pedestrian character. Two-story lobbies with entries off Berry Street and the mid-block walkway strengthen this relationship.
In locating the buildings’ lobbies on important corners and providing them with generous windows, the architects have created visual links between the buildings’ entrances and the interior courtyards. Other windows inside the units and on the ends of upper-floors hallways offer views north across Berry Street to King Street and south to Mission Creek. Thus the buildings and their residents have been visually connected to their location in the larger context of the city.
The ground floors are set back five feet from the street to allow for landscaping and privacy. The setback areas, shown below, are secured with attractive fencing and entry gates.
Painted wood siding on the buildings’ corners and elevator towers and painted cement-board panels between the townhouses, on the side walls of the set-backs and stair towers are used as accents to vary the wall surfaces of slightly textured cement plaster (better known as stucco.) Although the main colors are neutral, deeper saturated colors accent the walls of the setback areas at balconies and recesses.
Shallow bays projecting from the facades add visual interest in the same way that projecting bays added drama to Victorian buildings. Painted metal fences and balcony railings with painted wood slats vary the wall treatments as did the different shapes of shingles and applied ornament in the 19th century. Facades of the top three floors have an alternating rhythm of bay windows, projecting balconies, and bedrooms with smaller windows.
The building at 335 Berry Street has 67 residential flats and stacked townhouses and garage parking for 46 vehicles,; it is somewhat larger than 332 Berry Street and opens on to Channel Park and the creek-side promenade.
The gross building area is approximately 102,000 square feet and the open space shown below exceeds the 4,690 sq. ft. requirement.
A series of common spaces extend from the midblock lobby through the central courtyard to Channel Park.
The main entrance is prominently placed at the intersection of the mid-block walkway and Berry Street both to indicate the entry and to act as a gateway to the creek side promenade.
The lobby connects to the courtyard on the second level via a stair and elevator and is connected via a landscaped slope and emergency exit stair to Channel Park. A painted metal picket fence and gate, located behind the Channel Park berm, provide security.
Building Information for 330 Berry Street:
The building has 64 residential flats and stacked townhouses; a variety of unit sizes are distributed around the development. Three bedroom units, most likely occupied by families, are located facing the landscaped courtyard. Upper level unit plans repeat and are stacked to economize on construction.
The on-grade parking garage accommodates 71 vehicles including two 2 City Car Share spaces.
The gross building area is approximately 103,000 square feet, and the open space exceeds the requirement of 4,480 sq. ft.
At the second floor along King Street/I-280 (Lot A), the building steps back to provide a buffer from automobile noise.
Sustainable Building Strategies:
Roofs will be designed to accommodate a photovoltaic (PV) panel system. The PV panels will not be visible from street level. Overall, the design incorporates sustainable building strategies that will achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified Level.
In the quarter century that passed between the first BRIDGE project, Holloway Terrace, and the recent Mission Walk development, thousands of housing units have been built. A map of “Bridgetown” showing their locations may be found on the web site www.bridgehousing.com/bridgetown.