“Small is Beautiful”: Archer Studios SRO Complete in San José

Hot on the heels of the opening of Riverwalk, we at Studio E are happy to announce the opening of Archer Studios – a 42-unit single-room-occupancy (SRO) development in San José, California.

Designed for local non-profit developer Charities Housing and the San José Department of Housing, Archer Studios goes beyond addressing the need for safe, basic shelter by creating a place that fosters dignity and community among its residents – and for the area as a whole, as a part of the city’s Vision North San José plan.

The street side lobby forecourt at Archer Studios - San José, California

The community’s layout cleverly hides required surface-level parking by developing a thin layer of transparent and street-friendly program space at the perimeter. A playful lobby entrance with super-scaled icon signage and jazzy furnishings lends the project the feel of a small boutique hotel or European pied-à-terre apartment building.  Cast-in-place concrete columns and walls (with cast project signage) are expressed at the ground floor, while composite siding and hand-troweled plaster clad walls with deep-set windows and accenting timber guardrails and trellises round out the exterior materials palette.

The lobby at Archer Studios - San José, California.

Inside, the community’s ample list of amenities includes a large community meeting room with a full kitchen, a computer desk, a TV lounge, on-site laundry, management & social service support offices, and a 1,300 square foot garden terrace atop the roof of the parking garage.

The garden terrace at Archer Studios - San José, California

Things tighten up once inside the units themselves,  as – due to the owner’s requests and the requirements of their funding sources – the units all had to be under 300 square feet in area. We embraced this constraint as an opportunity and, like the classic VW Beetle ads of the 50’s and 60’s, our mantra became “Small is Beautiful”.

Good things come in small packages.

The resulting units are a comfortable hybrid of sorts – part studio apartment, loft, and cruise ship cabin rolled into one. Although small, the units are designed to maximize efficiency while maintaining a feeling of spaciousness and volume: ceilings are over 9 feet in height, windows are plentiful and generously-sized, kitchens are compact but well-appointed, extra storage is provided wherever possible – many units even enjoy private balconies.

View across the terrace to private balconies at Archer Studios - San José, California

Built to serve low-income workforce residents – Archer Studios was especially targeted to folks working at the nearby San José Airport (just a short walk or bike jaunt away) and the area’s surrounding hotels. For those working further afield or lacking the means to own a car, the community is conveniently located a block from a VTA light rail corridor and is within walking distance to various shops, restaurants and the Rosemary Gardens Park. The project also includes a secure bike garage.

Archer Studios’ combination of convenience and amenities is notable, as – in addition to serving the target population – the community has attracted a higher than average number of single women and mothers among the applicant pool for an SRO. Applicants have been drawn to the high level of “natural” security, the serene outdoor space and the overall bright, open feel the project offers its residents.

Address numbers as super-scaled icon signage at Archer Studios - San José, California

If transit-oriented, smart growth isn’t enough to earn the project a merit badge for green cred, Archer Studios also implements a host of state of the art building technologies in an effort to promote energy efficiency and sustainability as a part of the Build It Green program. The project scored over 150 points on the program’s scale, easily tripling the minimum 50 point threshold for certification, and providing yet another example of how a series of small moves can produce results in beautiful, BIG-picture ways.

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19 Responses to “Small is Beautiful”: Archer Studios SRO Complete in San José

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  3. Lily says:

    Hi,

    Looking for 2 bedroom apartment. Ok if put on the waitlist.

    Thanks

    Lily

    • josh says:

      Hello Lily – please contact Charities Housing at 408-550-8300 if you’re interested in renting at Archer Studios, or any of their other developments in the South Bay.

      Josh_

  4. karina says:

    Hi I’m interested in a studio or 1 bedroom ….how do I apply?

    • josh says:

      Hello Karina – please contact Charities Housing at 408-550-8300 if you’re interested in renting at Archer Studios, or any of their other developments in the South Bay.

      Josh_

  5. Cynthia says:

    Do you have any studio apartments available for rent starting in May or June 2013? If so, how much is the monthly rent?

    Thank you.

    • josh says:

      Hello Cynthia – please contact Charities Housing at 408-550-8300 if you’re interested in renting at Archer Studios, or any of their other developments in the South Bay. Thanks for your interest!

      Josh_

  6. Vanessa says:

    Need a studio plz contact me ASAP by email need by aug

    • josh says:

      Hello Vanessa,

      For leasing information, please contact Charities Housing at 408-550-8300 if you’re interested in renting at Archer Studios or any of their other developments in the South Bay.

      Thank you for your interest!

      Josh_

  7. Tamika porter says:

    Looking to move asap just got an entry job at Google and am homeless. I can afford the rent. Is there a waitlist? My credit is not the best.

    • josh says:

      Hello Tamika,

      For leasing information, please contact Charities Housing at 408-550-8300 if you’re interested in renting at Archer Studios or any of their other developments in the South Bay.

      Thank you for your interest!

      Josh_

  8. i am interested in getting more info on your rentals, how to apply etc..

    • josh says:

      Hello Joann,

      For leasing information, please contact Charities Housing at 408-550-8300 if you’re interested in renting at Archer Studios or any of their other developments in the South Bay.

      Thank you for your interest!

      Josh_

  9. melissa provencher says:

    looking for a 1 bedroom

    • josh says:

      Hello Melissa,

      For leasing information, please contact Charities Housing at 408-550-8300 if you’re interested in renting at Archer Studios or any of their other developments in the South Bay.

      Thank you for your interest!

      Josh_

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  11. joseph lopez says:

    How much to move in? Is there a waiting list?

    • josh says:

      Hello Joseph – please contact Charities Housing at 408-550-8300 if you’re interested in renting at Archer Studios, or any of their other developments in the South Bay.

      Josh_

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