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2023 Award Winners



Affordable, Multifamily




Livermore, California

Architect/Designer | DAHLIN Architecture | Planning | Interiors

Builder | Mid State Construction

Developer | MidPen Housing

Landscape Architect/Designer | Gates + Associates

Interior Designer | DAHLIN Architecture | Planning | Interiors

Photographer | Argast Photography

Complementing the early California Spanish architectural style of an existing house on the site that is on the historic register, this affordable and supportive residential community for individuals with developmental disabilities is arranged in a village of multiple smaller buildings—five residential, one community and one office—that blends it into the existing neighborhood of single-family homes while offering 44 units in a mix of studios and one bedrooms.

The historic house was renovated, creating additional conference rooms and offices on the first floor and transforming the second floor into a residence for the property manager. Original, colorful art pieces by local artisans from the developmentally disabled community are integrated into the interior design of communal spaces.

Additionally, addressing the sensory sensitivities of many residents, the community building incorporates peaceful water blue color elements and a mixture of dining, lounge and sensory adaptive high sided chairs that provide respite from the sensory overload within shared spaces. The community building also houses a commercial kitchen, fitness, game and craft room.

Outdoor amenities include a pickle ball court and community garden. An overlay of onsite activities and services is provided while across the street is a grocery, restaurants, and retail shops.

From the Judges
This historic home was reimagined into a really nice low-density, two-story development that blends into context of the surrounding community. The rich detailing and big window groupings are also a nice touch. But more important is the story behind it. The project serves individuals with developmental disabilities and provides nice housing that’s not normally available to people with 30%-40% AMI.

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