San Antonio Place
Mountain View, CA
118 efficiency studio apartments of permanent housing that are affordable to persons earning between 25% to 45% of the area median income. Confronted with a difficult, triangular site, the architectural design succeeds in positioning components of the project to allow for a unique interpretation of the central axis of the site through the transitioning of spaces and variations in scale from exterior to interior and public to private. The building entry is located at the intersection of two vehicular thoroughfares and provides a distinctive visual focal point and pedestrian scaled invitation to the interior. Interior spaces flow from a central lobby and reception area to a community lounge, multipurpose room, social service offices, and finally on to individual units. The lounge opens upon an outdoor piazza with fountain which leads to "dry creek bed" landscaping and a children's play area.