Architecture

Modern moves afoot on Rose Street

Rose Street residents in north Berkeley will be interested to hear the outcome of a zoning hearing taking place on Thursday this week which will determine whether a home in their vicinity will get the OK to be demolished and replaced with a considerably larger one.

Lotus founder, philanthropist and angel investor Mitchell Kapor is behind the application which, if successful, would see a  modern, 6,478 sq ft home replace the existing 2-story 2,477 sq ft 1925 house at 2707 Rose Street. Public records show Kapor bought the property for $725,000 in August 2008.

The new home — the designs for which show a sleek, low-slung white box-like structure with lots of glass (above) — would be designed by Donn Logan at Berkeley based Marcy Wong/Donn Logan Architects, whose portfolio includes buildings at Berkeley High School.

Odds are that Rose Street neighbors will see the construction crews moving in soon, as planning staff is recommending the application be approved.


(Hat-tip: Daniella Thompson.]