Situated on the edge of Oakland’s Chinatown, Merritt Crossing Apartments provides 70 below-market rate units for seniors. The project open space spans the north side of the building and has been divided into rooms that respond to the programmatic needs of the client. The landscape is inspired by traditional Chinese garden design but adapted to respond to the contemporary architecture as well as the local climate. A community room extends to the outdoors through a patio with movable furniture. A community garden, tai chi area, and walking circuit encourage the residents to actively use the space, while a shade structure and park benches provide opportunities for passive enjoyment of the garden. The landscape is certified Bay Friendly and the project anticipates receiving a LEED Platinum rating.