Location: Oakland, California
Type I Construction
1431 Franklin is a 40 story 381 unit building located within Oakland's historic district. The design takes great care to harmoniously channel the historic character of the neighborhood while adding contemporaneity to the city's skyline.
The stepped massing of the building playfully alludes to the Cathedral Building, the Oakland Tribune, and the Bank and Savings Building—all towers designated historic by the city.
A glass wrapped terrace sits at the base of each stepped volume and adds a sense of lightness to the building.
To create a continuous street facade along Franklin, the building's podium weaves itself into its immediate context by incorporating the horizontal lines of its neighbors.
1431 Franklin's skin distills the architectural language of the historic district: it is clad in tan-colored brick, its apertures are punched and recessed, and bronze fins accentuate its verticality.