Set just across the bay from San Francisco, the former industrial town of Emeryville has transformed into a vibrant new community, combining retail, cutting edge work spaces and urban living. Bay Street Emeryville has been a pivotal piece of that transformation. A traditional retail main street is topped with apartments and for-sale condominiums to create a residential community with a distinctly urban edge. Set atop the retail podium, the residential structures are designed around a series of courtyards – many visible from the street – which give the illusion of multiple layers and buildings within each single-structure footprint. The courtyards also create a series of on-podium outdoor spaces, resulting in a “community above the street.” The industrial materials play upon the area’s history as a manufacturing district.