Berkeley Bowl Marketplace
Berkeley, California 1997
The Berkeley Bowl, a family-owned marketplace known regionally for its outstanding produce, relocated to a long-vacant Safeway Supermarket site. This project approximately doubled the size of the existing grocery store to 44,000 square feet, adding retail floor area, a 90 seat cafe, new second-floor administrative offices, and back-of-the-house service space. The scope of work included demolishing all but one exterior wall and expanding the building in three directions, creating a more urbane street condition along Shattuck Avenue. Sandblasted concrete block, cast stone, steel, and glass provide a simple, economical and durable palette of exterior materials.
The entrance of the new building is designed as a courtyard-like space, so as to encourage the kind of lively street life and community gathering which is a natural complement to the Berkeley Bowl. This project, backed by a coalition of neighborhood and community groups, marked a new era of revitalization for South Berkeley.
Trachtenberg Architects: David Trachtenberg, A. Eugene Sparling, Patricia Solis-Fillon, Christian Dauer, Jason Dries-Daffner
Owner: Glenn and Dianne Yasuda
Structural Engineer: Ingraham DeJesse Associates
Civil Engineer: Van Maren Associates
Ceramic Artist: Ross Drago
Store Development: Certified Grocers (John Vierra)
Landscape Architect: Miller Company
Builder: E.F. Anderson, Inc.
Photography: Muffy Kibbey