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Looking for directions on the road to sustainability? At Leger Wanaselja Architecture's multifamily development in Berkeley, California, all signs point to green.

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  Purchased by the pound from a local salvage yard, street signs from Reno, Nevada, were crafted into a one-of-a-kind fence.  Photo by Randi Berez.
    Purchased by the pound from a local salvage yard, street signs from Reno, Nevada, were crafted into a one-of-a-kind fence. Photo by Randi Berez.
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  As seen from below, highway signs from California make for a unique exterior detail.  Photo by Randi Berez.
    As seen from below, highway signs from California make for a unique exterior detail. Photo by Randi Berez.
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  Residents park their bikes under the stairs, which lead to the second-floor units.  Photo by Randi Berez.
    Residents park their bikes under the stairs, which lead to the second-floor units. Photo by Randi Berez.
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  The architects also bent the signs into railings.  Photo by Randi Berez.
    The architects also bent the signs into railings. Photo by Randi Berez.
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  Hatches from Mazdas create a unique railing in one of the condos. Large amounts of natural light spill in from the new skylights.  Photo by Randi Berez.
    Hatches from Mazdas create a unique railing in one of the condos. Large amounts of natural light spill in from the new skylights. Photo by Randi Berez.
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  Street signs provide an exterior siding.  Photo by Randi Berez.
    Street signs provide an exterior siding. Photo by Randi Berez.
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  Karl Wanaselja, with clicker in hand, redefines “gated community.” Acting as the contractor, he worked closely with a gate fabricator to assemble the unusual entrance. “I wanted to find an orange one,” he says, referring to the Volvo hatches, “but finding seven silver ones was hard enough.”  Photo by Randi Berez.
    Karl Wanaselja, with clicker in hand, redefines “gated community.” Acting as the contractor, he worked closely with a gate fabricator to assemble the unusual entrance. “I wanted to find an orange one,” he says, referring to the Volvo hatches, “but finding seven silver ones was hard enough.” Photo by Randi Berez.
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  "It's hard to get a client who says, 'Do me a place with car parts and street signs,' but we can do it for ourselves and people can respond to it," says resident and architect Karl Wanaselja.  Photo by Randi Berez.
    "It's hard to get a client who says, 'Do me a place with car parts and street signs,' but we can do it for ourselves and people can respond to it," says resident and architect Karl Wanaselja. Photo by Randi Berez.
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  The multitalented Wanaselja admires his handiwork from a second-story landing on the phase-two units. More car hatches create distinct awnings.  Photo by Randi Berez.
    The multitalented Wanaselja admires his handiwork from a second-story landing on the phase-two units. More car hatches create distinct awnings. Photo by Randi Berez.

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