MacArthur Annex, U.S.A by Baran Studio Architecture

An office park intended for small entrepreneurs in 33 shipping containers

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MacArthur Annex是Baran Studio Architecture对办公和商业建筑模式的一种全新尝试,项目于2017年在Oakland最繁忙的轨交车站附近落地。

MacArthur Annex is a new kind of office and retail park is landing in Oakland’s trendy Temescal neighborhood.

▼建筑鸟瞰,aerial view

▼从BART通道看建筑,View from BART access

▼从MLK看建筑,View from MLK

▼从40th St看建筑,View from 40th St


▼啤酒广场,Beer garden

▼啤酒广场细部,Beer garden details


▼功能模块分析,Function modules analysis

Sustainably built and solar-powered, MacArthur Annex features 33 shipping containers transformed into three stories of mixed-use space. The complex that was completed in 2017, provides 24 private studios and offices, each approximately 150 square feet, as well as 3 street-facing retail outlets, a coffee shop and a restaurant with adjoining beer garden. This is a unique development in that it’s an office park intended for small entrepreneurs. And there’s a need for that in the market.

▼立面细部,facade details




▼在庭院仰望,looking up from courtyard


The affordable rents and proximity to BART (public transit) make these units very attractive to creative small business owners. The current tenants include everything from a husband-and-wife owned vintage record shop, an apothecary stocked with homemade and organic products, studio space for a floral artist, a Tarot and Palm reader, graphic artists, jewelry designer and more.

▼不同类型的商店,interior view, different type of shops

▼建筑室内,interior view


The Annex also aims to be an environmentally friendly development. In addition to being powered by solar panels, the containers’ walls are composed mostly of windows, creating natural light, heat and airflow. A low maintenance green wall and outdoor spaces will save on water, and the use of the secondhand shipping containers themselves is an efficient use of materials, its backers say. The reuse of containers maybe a new trend in Oakland, and even potentially around the world.

▼施工过程,construction site

▼总平面图,site plan

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan


项目名称 / project name:MacArthur Annex
建筑公司 / company:Baran Studio Architecture
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联系邮箱 / contact
项目设计 & 完成年份 / Design year & Completion Year:2017
主创及设计团队 / Leader designer & Team:Matt Baran, Travis Tarr, Ryan Heath, Cheryl Lima
项目地址 / Project location:644 40th St, Oakland, CA, 94609
建筑面积 / Gross Built Area (square meters):460
摄影师 / Photo credits:Benedicte Lassalle
合作方 / Partners:NA
客户 / Clients:Cal Inman

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