American Institute of Architects/City of Oakland Honor Award
The Ionic Building is a renovation of the old “Loft Bar” in Oakland, which was a dark stained shingled building dating back to the 1920s. The building was originally a radio repair shop.
The new mixed-use structure was built out to maximize Oakland’s zoning regulations by adding a second-floor extension at the front. This basic box was then carved out to provide a deck at the upper level and large multi-pane windows. Taking cues from other commercial buildings in the neighborhood, the facade became a white stucco industrialized element contrasted by bright red ionic columns.