Density Case Study: Lakeside Senior Apartments, Oakland, California


The designers of a 2020 AIA/COTE Top Ten project review the process of adding 92 affordable housing units to one of the most complex, dense, and expensive urban settings in North America.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about the unique housing needs of low-income and special-needs seniors displaced by rising Bay Area housing costs.
  • Consider logistical challenges of and design solutions for building on a site that previously served as an underused parking lot for adjacent senior housing in a complex urban environment.
  • Review the underlying principles of building design, which begin with a tight envelope and massing articulation that responds to orientation.
  • Explore strategies for reducing energy and water demand, and specifying efficient, cost-effective equipment that needs minimal maintenance and takes advantage of heat recovery and solar energy to reduce loads and offer multiplying benefits.

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