Mikiten Architecture
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Based in Berkeley, Husband and wife team Erick and Elisa Mikiten have been creating beautiful buildings since 1991. Our work is inspired by context and nature, creating innovative spaces and sculptural, inspiring buildings. Above all, we listen carefully to our clients' needs and dreams, and bring them to fruition.

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Erick Mikiten is known as a highly sought after architect for elegant, Universally Designed homes. He is famous for his expertise in designing highly personalized homes around a whole family’s needs without sacrificing poetic, dramatic design.

We examine a site or existing building intensively to understand it before we start drawing. This helps us design buildings that are rooted in their place and 'feel right', even if they do not follow the dictums of a particular historical design.

We are inspired by clarity, intricacy, and light. We love the brilliant gestures of Rodin and Calder, the sophisticated detail of Japanese joinery, the writings of Louis Kahn, the buildings of Alvar Aalto, Louis Kahn, and Luis Barragan, and the movement of the sun and breezes around every site we work on.

We believe that architecture should inspire, and lift people beyond the every day, connecting with the grace of nature.

Every project we do incorporates green design, reflecting our respect for nature. We are able to usher projects through LEED or other rating systems if desired by the client. Our Shinsei Gardens project achieved a LEED-Platinum rating for multifamily housing.

As a wheelchair rider, Erick Mikiten has particular insights into Universal Design, the creation of spaces, indoors and outdoors, that are fully usable by everyone - regardless of their level of physical ability, and seamlessly integrated into beautiful architecture.

Due to the level of inspection around so many clients' particular disabilities, we naturally look deeper into EVERY client's needs and desires. The process we have developed, and the insights we have gained while working on accessible architecture come around to inform every project, making places that are gracious, nurturing, and welcoming to all.

Services Provided
Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Bathroom Design, Building Design, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Historic Building Conservation, Home Extensions, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Tiny House Construction, Universal Design, Construction Drawings, Architecture

Areas Served
Alameda, Albany, Bayview, Belvedere, Belvedere Tiburon, Berkeley, East Richmond Heights, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Martinez, Montalvin, Moraga, North Richmond, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rollingwood, San Francisco, San Pablo, Tara Hills, Tiburon, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Danville, Concord, Sausalito, San Rafael, Kentfield, Ross, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Novato, Sonoma, Napa, Alamo

Certifications and Awards
AIALEED-APCalifornia Building Standards Commissioner
Bay Area Award Winning Architect with an Emphasis on Universal Design

Contact: Erick Mikiten
Location: 2415 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
License Number: C23267
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Commented: What is the floor material and brand? Thank you. Hi Mark - the brand we used doesn't make this pattern now, but many other manufacturers do. A similar one Odysseus Natural 12 x 36 Engineered Click Lock Cork Flooring. Best of luck!
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Commented: What's the color golden siding and the black door trim? Hi Ed - Sorry we don't have a record of the paint color from this project, which was done about 20 years ago. But the black of the windows is actually the black aluminum window itself.
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Commented: Landscape Hi Nicole, yes, this was bark. I believe it was called “Walk on Bark” from Sequoia Forest Industries. It is dark, but not the black bark that has been popular (at least here in the SF area) for the la...
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Commented: what is the flooring material beside the hardwood? Hi Kelly, This is cork tile. I believe it was Wicanders brand. It's got a wonderfully organic, serpentine pattern to it. It reminded us of satellite views of salt beds, or Vincent Van Gogh skies. Perf...
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Commented: Tile Hi Joe, I'm glad to hear it - we loved this tile, too. It's got an amazing texture to it that melds with the bamboo cabinets...but not too much so. It's Happy Floors brand, and the line is Setai. The ...
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Commented: Do you know of any similar looking wood siding that do not have to be Hi crc11 - I don't know of any alternate material with this look for that sort of climate, but ptownsw commented above about a product you might want to look into.
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