Construction crews are making project on a multi-family residential building at 2556 Telegraph Avenue, at the border of South Berkeley and Southside. Named The Laureate, the building will rise five stories, adding little to the city skyline. Realtex Group is credited as the property owner, with Bright Street operating as the project manager.
The 61-foot structure will yield 43,650 square feet, including 36,470 square feet to create 24 apartments with amenities, 5,100 square feet for retail, and 630 square feet for commercial space in two live-work studios at ground and mezzanine level. These live-work studios will combine commercial and residential areas occupied and used by the same occupants. Parking will be included for no vehicles and 84 bicycles. The two commercial retail spaces will face toward Telegraph, and one could be subdivided into three rooms.
PYATOK is responsible for the architecture. Understanding that the building is targeted to students likely attending UC Berkeley, the firm focused on value and interior floor use. To this, PYATOK writes, “the large residential units are designed around a compact circulation core. Each have innovative arrangements of kitchens and baths for reduced plumbing fixture counts while also providing privacy and accommodating the flexible schedules of undergraduate students.”
The facade is clad with thin charcoal brick, with dark grey window frames and accents of wood composite panels.
This proposal was preceded by Realtex Group’s proposed seven-story mixed-use building with 76 dwelling units and 2,679 square feet for retail.
Jett Landscape Architecture is responsible for landscape design.
The project is located just around the corner from People’s Park, a historic community space in the city center. The UC Berkeley campus is four blocks to the north, and the Downtown BART station is seven minutes away by bicycle.