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La Valentina Station in Sacramento, California by David Baker + Partners Architects

 
January 18th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: David Baker + Partners Architects

For more than two decades, a high-crime light-rail station stopping at a toxic empty lot; now, a sustainable affordable family housing development and new gateway to downtown.

La Valentina Station brings 63-units of affordable rental housing for families to a previously desolate city site. The development bolsters the local sewer, electrical and storm-water infrastructure and brings compact, transit-oriented homes to the neglected area.

The entry plaza in the evening. Image: Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: David Baker + Partners Architects
  • Project: La Valentina Station
  • Location: Sacramento, California, USA
  • Developer: Domus Development
  • Landscape Architect: Garth Ruffner Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Consultant: Fletcher Studio
  • Contractor: Brown Construction
  • Software used: Revit

A view of the entry from the mid-block courtyard (which doubles as the utility easement). Image: Bruce Damonte

Facing the Alkali Flat/La Valentina light-rail platform, the building takes a strong stand along the rail line, balancing security and porosity by putting eyes on the street with private balconies, an outdoor lobby and stair tower, and glassed bridge ways that create transparency at all levels and on all sides of the site.

The mailboxes are housed in a custom cabinet. Image: Bruce Damonte

A long span of glass, masked with a “bar-code” mural spelling “La Valentina”, illuminates the sidewalk at night with a mellow glow while ensuring privacy for the community room inside. In response to neighborhood concerns, the high-density housing tops new service and retail spaces, one set to house a café at the entry courtyard.

The utility easement in the rear yard doubles as a play area with the addition of seating and a “ladybug” soft-fall surface by Fletcher Studio. Image: Bruce Damonte

In conjunction with La Valentina North, a net-zero family housing development designed by YHLA Architects, this David Baker + Partners project creates a gateway into the downtown area.

The easement in the rear yard doubles as a play area by adding seating and paving it with “ladybug” soft-fall surface by Fletcher Studio. Image: Bruce Damonte

Southern elevation of La Valentina Station showing the tucked-under parking. Image: Bruce Damonte

Southern elevation of La Valentina Station. Image: Bruce Damonte

Interior of a one-bedroom La Valentina apartment with open kitchen and private deck. Image: Bruce Damonte

La Valentina Station from across 12th Street. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

View from the north across 12th Street at southern part of building. Image: Bruce Damonte

View of the entry plaza at La Valentina Station. Image: Bruce Damonte

La Valentina Station in context, adjacent to the sister La Valentina North development by YHLA Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

La Valentina Station in context, adjacent to the sister La Valentina North development by YHLA Architects. Image: Bruce Damonte

The green stair and lobby at La Valentina is open to the air. Image: Bruce Damonte

The green stair and lobby at La Valentina is open to the air. Image: Bruce Damonte

View from the train platform. Image: Bruce Damonte

View from the train platform of the community space with the “La Valentina” barcode mural along on the glass wall. Image: Bruce Damonte

Construction is complete as of July 2012.

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