JETT LA + DESIGN is excited to be part of the long-anticipated Site. A development at Alameda Point in Alameda CA. After 20 years of planning, Phase I of Site A will produce 637 housing units, which includes the 200-unit Block 9 project for moderate-income households designed by Pyatok Architects and JETT LA + Design. The plan for Block 9 also includes 10k SF of retail commercial development as part of this phase of development. The streetscape is designed to reference the surrounding neighborhood and provides residents with meadow-garden front yards which also function as stormwater treatment planters for the site. The residential courtyard design for Block 9 was inspired by the naval air history of Alameda Point and a private roof deck terrace offers residents an outdoor gathering space with views. Jett has been faced with some unique design challenges on this project, such as having to account for an anticipated site settlement of 2-5 inches over the next few decades, soil salinity challenges, and on-site stormwater treatment challenges.
Vegetated roofs are a valuable amenity in urban living. Providing a bit of nature, be it a small extensive garden roof or an intensive roof deck with trees and amenities for entertaining, can offer significant and quantifiable benefits to quality of our daily lives, contribute to reducing stormwater and utility costs, mitigate urban heat island effect, and raise real estate values.
photography credit: NY Times
This newly installed project was a collaboration between architect, landscape architect and contractor refacing the exterior façade at Mason and Powell in the heart of Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco Anod to the industrial wharf inspired courtyard designed by JETT at the adjacent Hotel Zephyr, the refurbished shipping container planters wrap the second story parking lot at the Hotel. From the heart of Fishermans Wharf, plants peek out above and spill over the planters designed by BCV Architects. JETT worked with BCV Architects and project contractor Centric Builders to implement the planting, irrigation and drainage systems with custom planter liners by Tournesol Siteworks. The project as a whole creates an exciting update to the building façade and rooftop parking with both whimsey and elegance for a fresh new look.
Housing for homeless veterans and their families! Starting construction on a new project is always exciting, but when a project includes a pump building from 1917 that will be converted into a social hall and bike storage for formerly homeless Veterans, its gets even better. Working together with Mercy Housing and VMWP Architects, the Veterans Village Project (in Colma, CA) will have 66 affordable units specifically for homeless veterans and their families and will also include amenities on the 2.23 acre site to help with their transition. One of the amenities we are eager to see completed and put to use will be the orchard & working farm where residents can be involved in all aspects of food production for their community.
Since our founding, JETT Landscape Architecture + Design has worked on numerous on-structure urban landscapes and developed an expertise with this highly technical project typology by working closely with our clients on both ground-up and retrofit projects. One of our recent successes includes NorthPoint Apartments, a five-courtyard podium renovation project in San Francisco. JETT collaborated with MBH Architects and a very talented team to recreate the courtyards in a way that would honor the original design by Lawrence Halprin’s office while bringing a unique, contemporary look to the project. The design team’s hard work seems to have paid off! The project was featured in the February issue of Landscape Architect & Specifier News magazine.
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As a follow up to the Future of Pedestrian Space post (7.20.2016), we thought we’d share an image comparison (original photo source unknown) which proves that people do not change much even if media formats do. Pedestrian space will always be important to our daily lives – people love to hang out on the sidewalk to read the news or their (e)mail.
…or catch Pokemon…