The Plaza Apartments is a mixed-use urban development that combines retail spaces, a “black-box” community theater, support services, and residential amenities along with 106 affordable mini-studio apartments. The building’s ground level includes a theater entry and retail on both street fronts. The entry lobby and community space open onto a landscaped courtyard and create an active, shared indoor/outdoor space.

We arranged the eight upper floors in a pinwheel plan around the elevators and stair core to provide corridors with natural light and views to the exterior. Within individual units and community spaces, Low-VOC and recyclable materials were selected to create a healthy environment. On the exterior, the concrete structure creates a unifying framework within which variations of plywood in-fill panel color combine to create a rich and active facade.

Completed by Paulett Taggart Architects / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in Association


AIA, National Honor Award, 2009
AIA, National Housing Award, 2007
AIA San Francisco, Excellence in Architecture Honor Award, 2007
AIA California Council, Design Merit Award for Architecture, 2006
AIA East Bay, Exceptional Residential Bay Area Design Award, Merit Award, 2006
AIA, National “Show Your Green” Award for Sustainable Design, 2006