Stromberg Architecture | 5th Street – Machine Arts
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5th Street – Machine Arts

This renovation of an existing screw manufacturer’s building into a mixed-used machine shop with two new residential units draws its inspiration from the original character of the building. The original open floor plan established by steel bowstring trusses, existing brick walls and warehouse windows inspire new curved interior walls with shed and sawtooth rooflines, plate steel stairs and custom metal railings in a manner that appears they were there all along. The Owner’s, one a master machinist and the other a physicist, are fabricating much of the ornamental metal and hardware components themselves.


Sustainability features on this project include: adaptive reuse of existing building, massing design that emphasizes passive daylighting and solar shading, use of long life cycle materials [zinc roofing & siding], fly ash in concrete, FSC certified wood siding & decking, engineered FSC certified wood floors, dual pane / low-e windows & doors through out, low-VOC coatings, reclaimed tile, reclaimed wood at select interior doors, solar hot water collectors on roof that supply both domestic hot water and an energy efficient underfloor radiant heat space conditioning system, energy efficienct lighting & controls, low-flow plumbing fixtures, pervious pavers and storm water retention areas at the parking area, drought tolerant plants, solar PVs and an EV charging station.


Berkeley, CA


Holland & Harley Construction, Inc.




Institutional / Commercial