Vespr

Vespr

Petersen Studio is collaborating with HKS on a 437-unit residential high-rise project at 24th and Harrison near Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland.  The central 35K SF podium Amenity Deck integrates a generous pool deck and lap pool, a hardwood terrace below a cantilevered shade structure, a fitness building with a dedicated yoga room, a programmable Activity Deck for outdoor fitness and events, a large central lawn, and intimate garden rooms, all interwoven within a framework of colorful gardens.  

At the prominent bullnose of the project, a podium café and tree shaded outdoor terrace overlook the neighborhood, with views to nearby Lake Merritt.  The west-facing Sky Terrace offers panoramic views across the bay and sunsets behind the Golden Gate Bridge.  A rich pedestrian experience is created through the combination of streetscape improvements, 65K SF of ground level retail, lobby plazas with indoor/outdoor café seating, a small community park and dog run, and signature public art elements that root the development within downtown Oakland’s rich artistic heritage. 

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Amenity Deck

Amenity Deck

Petersen Studio is collaborating with HKS on a 437-unit residential high-rise project at 24th and Harrison near Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland.  

The landscape centerpiece of the project is the 35K SF podium Amenity Deck integrating a large pool deck with 80’ lap pool, an amenity pavilion surrounded by generous indoor/outdoor wood decks and terraces that encourage outdoor exercise and socializing, a large multi-use lawn for events and passive recreation, and intimate garden rooms, all interwoven within a framework of colorful 4-season gardens.  A cantilevered shade structure wraps the amenity pavilion and extends along the edge of the pool deck, providing a band of architectural shade that complements the informal drift of flowering shade trees.  A perimeter tree frame along the walls of the L-shaped tower combines with a linear bamboo scrim the along the edge of the windowless adjacent development to create dramatic vertical garden containment, and subtle grade changes heighten views while provide shelter from cool breezes. 

Image: Petersen Studio

 

Pool Deck

Pool Deck

The landscape centerpiece of the project is the 35K SF podium Amenity Deck integrating a large pool deck with 80’ lap pool, an amenity pavilion surrounded by generous indoor/outdoor wood decks and terraces that encourage outdoor exercise and socializing, a large multi-use lawn for events and passive recreation, and intimate garden rooms, all interwoven within a framework of colorful 4-season gardens.  A cantilevered shade structure wraps the amenity pavilion and extends along the edge of the pool deck, providing a band of architectural shade that complements the informal drift of flowering shade trees.  A perimeter tree frame along the walls of the L-shaped tower combines with a linear bamboo scrim the along the edge of the windowless adjacent development to create dramatic vertical garden containment, and subtle grade changes heighten views while provide shelter from cool breezes. 

Image: Petersen Studio

Amenity Deck Gardens and Lawn

Amenity Deck Gardens and Lawn

The landscape centerpiece of the project is the 35K SF podium Amenity Deck integrating a large pool deck with 80’ lap pool, an amenity pavilion surrounded by generous indoor/outdoor wood decks and terraces that encourage outdoor exercise and socializing, a large multi-use lawn for events and passive recreation, and intimate garden rooms, all interwoven within a framework of colorful 4-season gardens.  A cantilevered shade structure wraps the amenity pavilion and extends along the edge of the pool deck, providing a band of architectural shade that complements the informal drift of flowering shade trees.  A perimeter tree frame along the walls of the L-shaped tower combines with a linear bamboo scrim the along the edge of the windowless adjacent development to create dramatic vertical garden containment, and subtle grade changes heighten views while provide shelter from cool breezes. 

Image: Petersen Studio

Pocket Park and Dog Area

Pocket Park and Dog Area

A former driveway between adjacent properties is transformed into a small Pocket Park and Dog Area.  The narrow space is framed by wood screens, gardens, benches and picnic tables, creating and inviting streetside respite.  A large wall mosaic by artist Wowhaus animates the park with a striking visual backdrop, reinforcing downtown Oakland’s rich artistic heritage.     

Image: Petersen Studio