1443 cornell avenue berkeley california
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the citadel
city of commerce, california - first prize
the citadel, formerly home to the uniroyal tire plant, surprises everyone who first visits the 35-acre site of commercial buildings. in the site’s rebirth, assyrian temple and bas-relief exterior walls were retained and became a source of inspiration. the exterior wall was breached at the center of the site revealing a new allee of date palms. normal streetscape vernacular has been reinterpreted here. there are no curbs or jarring traffic paint. instead, large tubes, representing the ghosts of the tires past, direct vehicular traffic. checkerboard paving further distances this project from the typical streetscape. citadel is a rare combination of garden, plaza and street.