Lofts @ 688
san diego, california
Situated on a 45,000 square-foot lot at Park Boulevard and G Street in Downtown San Diego, this mixed-use project is conceived as a piece of sculpture, intended as a poised and urbane presence within the East Village neighborhood. Designed as a singular object, the façade of this luxury apartment building is modulated by a carefully-scaled, dynamic interplay between solid and void. The residential floors are seen as a sleek, clean white volume supported by round concrete "pilotis," or columns. This volume is interrupted by a glazed window wall that signifies the building’s entry on Thirteenth Avenue.
Overall, an elemental palette of exposed concrete, glass, and white, modified limestone creates a minimal and contemporary aesthetic, contrasting favorably with recently-built adjoining projects, while still retaining a scale and flavor appropriate to the neighborhood context.