Daniel Solomon Design Partners

Daniel Solomon Design Partners

San Francisco, CA


Fine Arts Building

This 100-unit (280bed) courtyard housing is a privately developed project designed for students at UC Berkeley. Located in downtown Berkeley at the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Haste Street, the five-story building consists of four levels of apartments above a tall ground floor designed for the 200 seat Fine Arts movie theatre, retail, parking and the entrance lobby. The use of parking lifts reduces the space devoted to parking in favor of street activating ground floor uses.

The upper floors are arranged around a landscaped south-facing courtyard, with unit types tailored to the special needs of student tenants. The architectural design reinterprets the Art Deco tradition as found in other buildings in downtown Berkeley with the use of horizontally proportioned corner windows, sun-shading elements and other details.

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Status: Built
Location: Berkeley, CA, US