Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 9:50 am: Chip got it right — this is the building at Kittredge and Oxford in downtown Berkeley. Eric Panzer provided the supplementary info that it’s the Oxford Plaza affordable housing development. Congratulations, Chip, on being this week’s winner!

Photo: K. Lenihan.

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  • Lisa T.

    Building on the corner of Shattuck and Haste (2451 Shattuck) where Herbivore is!

  • Chip

    The building at Kittredge and Oxford/Fulton.

  • guest

    Looks like the David Brower Center on Oxford

  • EricPanzer

    Technically, it’s the Oxford Plaza affordable housing development adjacent to the Brower Center. Guest is very, very close and chip has the right building, but not the name. We all win!

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    Chip got it right — this is the building at Kittredge and Oxford in downtown Berkeley. Eric Panzer provided the supplementary info that it’s the Oxford Plaza affordable housing development. Congratulations, Chip, on being this week’s winner!

  • http://twitter.com/aiaeb AIA East Bay

    And the architect of this design-award winning building is Solomon ETC, San Francisco.
    Oxford Plaza consists of 97 units of low-income family housing and commercial space over a city
    parking garage in downtown Berkeley. Financially and programmatically, it is an independent
    entity, but it is adjacent to, and integrated with, the David Brower environmental center. Units
    range from three bedrooms to studios with 70% two- and three-bedroom units, providing the only
    affordable family housing in downtown Berkeley. Units are also targeted for special needs
    individuals.

  • TizziLish

    The color in this photo is off. Oxford Plaza does not look even remotely like the color in the photo. The darker tones are very dark in real life. and the contrast between the dark brown earthy tone and the lighter buff darker is much sharper than this photo reveals.

    Funny that most folks think this is David Brower Center. It is Oxford Plaza.
    Folks might not know that both buildings were developed over a city-owned lot which is still a city-owned parking lot underneath .. sorta a win win win. I say sorta a win because some affordable housing funds were used early on to fund the seed work for both projects, yet David Brower is office, not housing. That seems wrong to me.People might not know that rainwater that falls on Oxford Plaza is captaured by David Brower and used in the David Brower building.  I like that.And, finally, it is not low income-housing, as AIA East Bay states.  It is affordable housing, and people with income up to 60% of the area’s median income are eligible to live there. I don’t think people earning 50 and 60% of this area’s median income are low-income.  Having said this, many residents of Oxford Plaza are low income, some very low income, but affordable housing is very different from low-income housing. Low income residents in an affordable housing building can only afford to live there if they have a housing voucher, because their incomes are too low to qualify them for the rent.

  • Charles_Siegel

     Does any member of the commentariat think this building deserves a design award?  Everyone I have talked to thinks is remarkably ugly. 

    Danny Solomon is generally a good architect and was a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, but I think he messed up on this one.  More precisely, I would say: good urbanism, bleak architecture.

  • Laura

    I’m confused, the first photo to appear in my Berkeleyside email was the front window of my favorite butcher-Ver Brugge on College near Alcatraz.  A wonderful old timey place with seafood, cheeses, olives, of course meats, and an outstanding staff.

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    Oops. That’s a tech glitch. We had planned to use that photo of Verbrugge for “Where in” but then remembered the store is in Oakland! But the photo must have stayed in the system and been picked up by the RSS feed that creates the Daily Briefing. Apologies for the confusion.