17th & Broadway
17th & Broadway is a 417,000-square-foot apartment tower located in the heart of downtown Oakland. As the first residential tower to be built in the city in over a decade, the project is noted as a catalyst for the present-day building boom happening in Oakland.
The design for the tower borrows cues from the urban context of Oakland’s predominantly ceramic-clad historic urban core and architectural landscape. Patterned and warm limestone-hued concrete panels complement the terracotta tiles and dense detailing of the surrounding context and the neighboring Cathedral Building.
The tower’s mass is broken down by using two expressions for the façade; the first, a strong, punched-window concrete, and the other a transparent, elegant glass. The glass expression meets the street to highlight the residential entry and lobby, while a pleated, back-lit, metal screen conceals a 179-car parking garage.
The 34-story tower is composed of 254 units and 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Residential amenities include a sky deck with panoramic views of the city and the Bay; an outdoor pool terrace with wet bar and grilling stations; a penthouse level game room with billiards and shuffle board; a co-working lounge with conference and meeting rooms; lavish pet-grooming space and a state-of-the-art fitness center.