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The importance of the intersection of three major connectors at Tamescal led to an interest in an iconic building which could distinguish this district as a memorable place in Oakland.

The complexity of the geometry of the site, the pressures from the surroundings, and the need to produce repetitive modulation that would populate it, resulted in the idea of a circle, a singular form to resolve the jagged and fragmented shapes left by the crisscrossing paths.

This circle ties the disparate elements of the intersection into a unified whole. The circle becomes the pivot and anchor of Tamescal, and a compelling image for the neighborhood.

Firm: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
Role: Project Designer 

Location:Oakland, CA
Size: 135,000 SF
Type: 160 Unit Mixed Use Residential