Ambassador Housing is located on the border of Emeryville and Oakland on the site of the former Ambassador Laundry building. The development comprises over 80,000 square feet of common spaces and 69 units of affordable housing in three separate buildings. Situated between the route 580 approach to the Bay Bridge and a local park, Ambassador Housing deftly weaves these site characteristics and the modern, multi-family residences into a new, compelling narrative.
Building A—at 75,000 square feet and five stories, the largest of the three buildings—includes a generous second-floor landscaped courtyard for residents’ use, community rooms, and distinctive architectural elements in the lobbies and outdoor areas. Townhouses B and C maintain the scale of local single-family homes while employing architectural elements that compliment the entire development. Within the three-building site, play areas and landscaping contribute to a sense of community and unite the separate structures with the existing neighborhood.
The Ambassador is in close proximity to shopping, services, entertainment, recreation and mass-transit options. It was also built with several Green building features, exceeding Title 24 energy efficiency standards by 15%.