Located just outside of Sacramento, California, in the affluent suburb of El Dorado Hills, Element 79 is the missing piece that completes the Town Center master plan on multiple levels. It adds a missing residential component to the community by creating a thoughtful transition between the small-scale boutique retail to the East and big-box retail and office space to the West and creates a pedestrian-friendly experience along the main thoroughfare of the development.
The goal was to design a community that doesn’t demand attention, but rather serves as the perfect backdrop for everyday life and evokes feelings of inclusion and connection from residents and visitors. To do so, we activated the streetscape by locating all amenities on the first floor and facing them outward, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and wellness studio, a wine lounge, and a 1,000 sf co-working space. We used timeless design and materiality to fit within the old-world styling of the master plan, and keeping with the Italian Palazzo-style used stucco wraps and chimneys to mask the mechanical and electrical elements. The elegant, yet understated design adds charm and brings new life to the experience of visiting the Town Center.