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Casa Zimbabwe

2422 Ridge Road
Berkeley CA United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Finished1966
Floor Count4
Basement Floors2
Units / Rooms71
Building Uses
 - residential
 - office
 - other
 - restaurant
 - warehouse
Structural Types
 - lowrise
 - stilts


Description
A 120 person student run housing cooperative, Casa Zimbabwe was the first coed student housing in Berkeley, and one of the first in the nation.

Unlike the other co-ops, which were purchased as used buildings, Casa Z was built specifically to be a co-op, and features extreme ease of maintenance and cleaning, freeing up workshift hours for more fruitful activities such as baking.

Initially, men were housed in one wing and women in the other, with a lower common area in the center. Nowadays, not only are the wings coed, but individual rooms often are coed as well.

Beneath the rooms are the central office, kitchen, warehouse, and parking garage of the University Students' Cooperative Association. Solar panels are located on the roof.

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