Berkeley Cohousing

Berkeley, California

This project created a 14-unit urban community by adding a common house and six new units to an existing eight unit group, which were rehabilitated and modernized in tandem with building the new structures. The design is responsive to the organic yet coherent style that had been established over time on the site—a delicate juxtaposition of craftsman style, clapboard style, and Spanish stucco style.

All the units were designed for environmental responsibility using passive and active solar heating, grey water re-use, sustainable growth timber, low-toxicity and recycled materials, and permaculture landscape principles.

Alexandra Sheets Saikley was project architect with McCamant & Durrett Architects/The Cohousing Company