El Camino

The small El Camino site came with a beautiful and protected Heritage Oak Tree. Along with only narrow access from El Camino Real, the site is heavily constrained both spacially and administratively . Despite these issues, our design team created three comfortable 2-bedroom residences that have ample access to open space, light and air while having an exterior space that is welcoming and insulated from the neighborhood. A significant design feature is circulation through the site. Limited residential access along El Camino culminates with the curved stair highlighting the Oak and the shared open space. The curvilinear aspect is continued as a meandering path through the site. It is designed to create a fun and pleasant series of encounters and maintain privacy for the residents. The commercial space at El Camino Real– along with parking access – provides a more appropriate street presence and buffers the residences from the heavily used road.