Initially conceived as an office building and then redesigned, permitted and converted in 30 days, during construction - to its current mix of residences, retail, and restaurants, has, as one juror observed; “almost single-handedly reinvigorated Little Italy.” Just like its crafty namesake character “Q” from the James Bond movies, the project features a number of interesting design elements, including the careful integration and adaptive re-use of an historic Victorian house located on the site. The beauty of the The Q’s simple lines and careful execution, with the exposed concrete contrasting with sleek cladding, has transformed this urban infill project into an iconic architectural landmark. As another juror noted, the sophisticated building “uses contemporary materials and exposed structure, to meet the street with a positive urban gesture.”
- Project Address: India and Fir
- Project Owner/ Developer: Jonathan Segal
- Owner Contact Name/ Email: Jonathan Segal / email@example.com
- Project Architect/ Designer: Jonathan Segal
The stories of this building's development struggles and accomplishments are well told throughout the San Diego architecture community. Jonathon Segal and his team were able to transform the entire program of this seven-story structure, mid-construction, in a response to the negative office economy. What could have been seven floors of empty office space, instead, turned into Little Italy's premier apartment/mixed-use design. Already a recipient of several design awards, The Q continues Segal's legacy of successful architecture throughout San Diego.