Part of the North Main/Ygnacio Valley Specific Plan calling for development of mixed-use residential buildings, the 1716 Lofts project includes 48 apartments with over 2,500 SF of ground floor retail space and parking.
LCA Architect’s concept for replacing a parking lot with a mixed-use building began with embracing the context of the Rockcliffe Realtor’s office building: a strong brick façade, colors that fit in with surrounding buildings, and the creation of an alley for the back entrance. This compliments “Walnut Creek Alleys”, amplifying the pedestrian oriented environment.
“Parking Stackers” provide for efficient parking for retail and Rockcliffe Realtor’s employees, freeing up site for amenities.
The housing element includes an enclosed, podium courtyard that acts as a passive retreat, configured to provide a central water feature flanked by two outdoor rooms. As gathering and conversation areas, these spaces are equipped with fire tables and lounge seating. A water wall greets visitors as they exit the elevator and directs them to the interior space, screened from 3rd floor windows by a bamboo green wall. Additional space on the rooftop includes a terraced garden, rooftop viewing room, a fire table lounge, outdoor kitchen, large sitting bar, TV lounge, and a multi-use activity space that can be used for community gathering, cooking, dining, sports watching, etc.
Services: Design, Construction Administration
Location: Walnut Creek, California
Size: 48 Units, 2,500 SF of Ground Floor Retail