Crown

location:Emeryville, CA
owner:Intrinsic Ventures
completion:2002

Crown is a renovation of a 25,000 sq ft existing building. Efficient, multi-tenant office space was provided for start-up and growing companies. A second, smaller building on site could not be renovated and was demolished to create parking and pedestrian access. Parklifts were installed at north and south rows of parking, to provide a total of 60 parking spaces.

When we started work on this adaptive re-use project, the site had two existing buildings located at the corner of 62nd and Doyle Streets – a 10,000 square foot single-story office building, and a 25,800 square foot double height industrial warehouse. Due to the conversion from industrial to office use, we needed to add 60 parking spaces to meet planning code requirements. In order to satisfy this parking requirement while preserving as much of the existing structures as possible, only the office building was demolished. In its place, we designed a landscaped parking lot that included two rows of 2-car parking lifts. This was the first time in the region that such parking lifts had been adapted for use that did not require a wall for anchorage. With this innovation, the square footage needed for parking was minimized, making it possible to keep the existing warehouse intact for renovation.

Awards + Publications

East Bay Business Times, Structures 2000 – Interior Design of the Year Award Crown Renovation Project. Emeryville, CA