MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING: H-Street Lofts | Fresno, CA | Built
The project site was originally occupied by the Army Induction Building constructed to serve as the point of entry for soldiers going off to fight in World War II. The building had fallen into disrepair and the developer wished to revitalize the structure and convert it to live/work space for local artists. As years of debris were being cleared from the building, the structure began to collapse. The developer decided to demolish the structure thus freeing up the site for more units than previously envisioned. 27 live/work loft units surrounding a lively courtyard were designed to embrace the character of the site on H-Street in Fresno’s downtown. The site faces the heavily used BNSF railroad tracks. Modern architecture inspired by the character of the railroad was used as the design motif to connect the project to the uniqueness of the place. The street façade facing the railroad embraces the materials, colors, and rhythms of rail cars. Interiors are designed to be flexible and allow living and working to occur in natural-light-filled, secure units that together create a sense of community. The project received an Award of Honor from the American Institute of Architects, San Joaquin Chapter in 2010.