2001 Silver Medal


Oakland, CA

Swan's Marketplace is an adaptive reuse of a historic downtown Public Market by a local non-profit developer, incorporating mixed residential units and 24 separate commercial and arts related uses organized around a shared courtyard.

Program elements include:

  • The 93 year "Old Housewives Fresh Food Market," relocated from an adjacent building, supported by small local businesses including a cafe, Japanese restaurant, flower shop, and clothing stores;
  • Arts related businesses including the regionally recognized Museum of Children's Art, the Chi Gallery, Olivera Gallery, Paper Song gallery and a Friday crafts Market held in the courtyard;
  • Old Oakland cohousing consisting of 20 market rate condominium loft units and central common house, all fit within the existing structure of the original market hall;
  • new one and two bedroom affordable rental units located in a new building with 4 units for people living with AIDS, and including aground floor community room opening onto the Swans Court;
  • Office uses including a prominent local architecture firm, a branch office for KPIX News and Community Economics Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance for Affordable Housing Developers.

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