TSW and Smith Dalia Architects were retained by the Orinda Corporation and their partner, Historic District Development Corporation, to prepare a master plan for repositioning Studio- Plex on Auburn. Originally conceived after the 1996 Olympics as a combination of mixed-income rental housing and work studio spaces, StudioPlex failed to live up to its potential. Instead, the site languished as the surrounding Old Fourth Ward neighborhood blossomed with new homes and businesses.
The master planning effort focused on repositioning the existing StudioPlex building by upgrading units and creating opportunities for mixed-income, owner-occupied housing. Following completion of the master plan, TSW’s Landscape Architecture Studio was retained to redesign the central open-air corridor within the existing StudioPlex structure. The design focused on creating private spaces for corridor-fronting units, while still creating a unified palette of planting materials to tie the space together and make the space more pleasant for future residents and businesses. TSW also provided design services for streetscape along the site’s edge.