The new 701B experience transforms, yet balances, the project within the surrounding streetscape. The space is iconic, re-establishing 701B as the ‘place to be’ in downtown San Diego. The design has impact, creating “wow” moments that people remember and talk about. The space evokes an emotional response upon entering. An environment which invites, surprises, enriches, and softens downtown, an urban oasis. 701B announces itself as a landmark in the fabric of downtown San Diego.
The most dramatic change to the existing structure was the removal of the black angled space frame glass wall. In its place, a new 65-foot-tall straight vertical clear glass curtainwall was constructed which decreased the oversized lobby and doubled the outdoor amenity plaza. Inside the lobby is a scene changing, with its new 12-by-36-foot-wide fabric light wall. Next, a 24-by- 10-foot-tall sliding glass opening blurs the line between inside and out to reveal the new water wall feature spanning over 50 feet long and nearly 20 feet tall, making it the largest vertical water feature in downtown. Last, the white sculptural shade trellis element (nicknamed the “Manta Ray”) artfully floats above the plaza.