The Orchids & Onions jury determined that this project’s missed opportunities greatly outweighed its merits. From the reflective windows on the ground floor disallowing pedestrian engagement to the narrow units that don’t allow for natural cross ventilation, they found Harbor Point to be a hodgepodge of contours, questionable color and material combinations, funny little corners, strangely shaped balconies, and awkward setbacks and overhangs. It was clear that although the intention was there and significant resources were spent, at some point during the design process, the message was lost in translation. An attempt at lengthening the sidewalk experience by bringing people up and into a second story commercial corridor was simply unsuccessful. “Commercial spaces cannot thrive if the pedestrians or the vehicles cruising by can't engage with what is going on inside them,” a juror commented. On that particular floor the commercial storefront glazing goes from highly reflective mirror to jet black, creating a sense that you are being watched, and making another one “… want to run.” The jury also felt that with commercial space vacancies at an all-time high, we need to be creative, sensitive and forward thinking when creating a similar product. It behooves no one to build things that sit empty because they fundamentally do not function well.”
- Project Address: 5055 N. Harbor Dr., Point Loma
- Project Owner/ Developer: Peckham Family Trust/ Sentre Partners
- Owner Contact Name/ Email: Michael Peckham / email@example.com
- Project Architect/ Designer: F. Leland Hope / Fl Hope Architecture & Planning
Bringing more color to a neighborhood, great! Making this part of Point Loma more lively, awesome! But on 5055 N. Harbor Drive something has gone horribly wrong. At this address you will find a building that is a hodgepodge of shapes, crazy material combinations, weird blend of colors, funny little corners and numerous awkward setbacks and overhangs. The design of this 2 level office/retail building goes against all basic rules of composition and perception in architecture. Take for example the corner of Scott Street and N. Harbor Drive. At this end of the building a cube shaped volume is surrounded by strangely molded columns that are placed in a circle and are making an arched colonnade. And on top of this all there is a dodecagon shaped roof. Another dreadful eyesore is the elevator tower with it’s monstrous stone elements. And I almost forgot to mention the unpleasant mirror film on the windows and the strangely shaped balconies. This onion is a perfect example of how NOT to build and design a building, anytime, anywhere!