The mixed-use Tipping Building improvises on its urban context. Occupying a corner site at the edge of downtown Berkeley, it accommodates a café and parking on the ground-floor, and the owner’s structural engineering offices above. A rental apartment is also grafted onto the building, a rarity in the urban core where dwellings seem to disappear in face of a housing shortage generated by the University. First principles of energy conscious design apply: day-lighting, solar control, and natural ventilation are fundamental to the building’s organization. The roof is lifted to the north to maximize day-lighting and low-north and high-south windows allow effective cross ventilation. Windows are protected by fixed horizontal grating, vertical fins, and adjustable awnings. An addition to the Tipping building was completed in 2016.
1995 BERKELEY, CA
Pacific Edge: Contemporary Architecture on the Pacific Rim Peter Zellner, Thames & Hudson, 1998
Architectural Record, "The Tipping Building: Living Above the Store," Aaron Betsky, January 1997
Honor Award, AIA San Francisco, 1997
Honor Award, AIA East Bay, 1996
Global Architecture Houses 45: Project 1995, Tokyo, Japan, 1995