1721 Webster is a 25-story, mixed-use residential and office tower in downtown Oakland. Seeking to add texture and depth to the all-glass façade, the designers created a “basket-weave” effect, recessing the façade in three-floor increments to the full height of the tower.
5,000 SF Office
Targeting LEED Silver
The building is targeting LEED Silver and is composed of 247 apartment units ranging from studios to two-bedroom units, 5,000 square feet of office space, and 244 residential and public parking spaces. Rising above the podium, the residential tower’s L-shaped massing was developed to allow daylight to permeate the deep, wide site, thus maximizing natural light into the units. The resulting void creates a large elevated terrace for residents, which includes outdoor gathering space for events, fireplaces, grilling stations, and a dog run. Indoor amenity spaces on the sixth floor open up to the terrace, including a fitness center with outdoor yoga and TRX studio. Additional amenity space is offered on the building’s rooftop terrace, which “floats” above the building’s structural roof. This allows for the pool and landscape to be flush with the terrace, creating an uninterrupted plane and views. Orange-colored accents emphasize the recess of the glass. Vertical lines on the tower’s form punctuate the podium to accent the building entrance.
Stretching across the width of the podium and concealing the parking is a sculptural installation entitled “Environment Mirror” by Rob Ley. Designed through algorithmic patterning, the piece is made up of a collection of powder-coated and polished aluminum panels, creating a mirror-like effect with its varying reflectivity and colors, simultaneously engaging pedestrians and reflecting the building’s urban context.