THE SHIELD Address: 305 San Antonio Court, San Jose
Owner: Affirmed Housing Group
Contractor: R.D. Olson
Units: 86 Family
Completed: 2009
Cost: $23.1M
The Fairways at San Antonio bridges the idyllic setting of a golf course to the east and the ferocity of freeway noise to the west. The building responds to both extremes by combining elegance with practicality. The automotive drama of the freeway is conveyed with metaphoric chevron forms of a metallic soundwall standing as an abstracted landmark for the eastern approach into the City; while providing an oasis of calm for the four landscaped courtyards contained within. The private decks of the 86 affordable apartments look onto these courtyards, to the golf course beyond and out to city lights and mountains in the distance.