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NOMAD CAFE + MARTIN STUDIOS

Oakland, CA

Engineering: endrestudio
Architecture: endrestudio
Contractor: Kim Minick

Through its mixed commercial and residential spaces and site-sensitive architecture, the Martin Studios bring new energy to an Oakland neighborhood. The 4340 SF mixed-use project includes the Nomad Cafe, a neighborhood favorite, as well as three distinct apartment units. The multiple roof terraces and decks and carefully placed windows that frame local landmarks and views of the hills and bay allow the outdoors to enter the interior living spaces at every floor level, bringing the outdoors in. A mixed use of glass, steel, stucco, and wood set up varying degrees of permeability in the building, while moveable wooden slats provide privacy for the occupants and regulate the amount of natural light entering their spaces. The dynamic roof line slopes upward like a lid poised to open, emphasizing the lightness the building embodies.