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2019 Award Winners



Affordable, Multifamily


The Cannery at Lewis Street


Gilroy, Calif.

Architect/Designer | Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

Builder | Vaquero Construction

Developer | Meta Housing Corporation

Landscape Architect/Designer | Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

Interior Designer | Lindsey Natioh

Photographer | Douglas Sterling Photography

The 104-unit affordable community utilizes a contemporary interpretation of historic cannery architecture with corrugated steel siding, metal roofing, exposed steel beams, and brick. Two story live-work artist units with brick façades step down from the four-story structure. Forms and shed roofs are reminiscent of industrial architecture, complemented by 4 x8  art panels with tile super-graphics of fruit that was once canned on site.   

The building creates a large courtyard, including a children’s play area and community gardens. A sculptural community building provides a gathering space with a kitchen, recreation room, and movable walls that open to exterior seating. The kitchen includes a counter-height operable window wall to facilitate outdoor dining.  Additional amenities include a bike kitchen/storage with glass roll-up door, exercise room with roll-up door connecting to an outdoor plaza, rooftop deck overlooking the courtyard, and fenced dog park. The community provides housing for those at 50%- 60% of AMI with one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.  Carports, with soon-to-be-added solar panels, will provide covered parking and supplemental energy for common spaces.

From the Judges
The project is simple, but really nice, with a good use of materials. The judges praised the way the design team stepped down the ends of the building and liked how the site’s history was reflected in the materials. They noted the tot lot and liked how it’s sited, with an inner courtyard where parents could likely see their children playing.    

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