DeAnza Gardens Multifamily
This project replaced a
single-story housing project, and encompasses 180 multifamily dwelling
units in 22 separate buildings, plus a community center, on a gently
sloping 13 acre site. The site is surrounded by single-family
homes and is adjacent to a public park and bike path. The
commuter rail station is nearby. The project
offers a diverse mix of 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom residences at a density
conducive to creating community. An existing small office
building (lower right) was preserved and integrated into the project.
Colors were selected to both
respect and enliven the neighboring context.
Entries are typically
shared between 2 units, which enables enhanced privacy.
The design achieves a complex variety of unit types within each
building to create a pluralized community. This presented
challenges for issues such as overall circulation and utility
The buildings are
organized to form small courtyards where children can play safely.
children's play area is located near the community center.
is provided with community gardens, a multipurpose room and other
services, a trellised courtyard, and management offices.
- Paul Dent: project manager (schematic design through
- Eduardo Caceres, principal-in-charge
- KodamaDiseno Architects & Planners, Architect of
- Contra Costa County Housing Authority, Owner
- Roberts/Obayashi Inc., general contractor
- Construction cost: $30 million
- Completed 2005
to Paul H. Dent Architect