The project ‘Atmosphere’ is a new 205 unit affordable housing development sponsored by Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation (Wakeland), a certified nonprofit, 501 C3 corporation, based in San Diego. Atmosphere serves the broad range of people who need affordable housing, including 51 apartments that are designated as permanent supportive housing for San Diegans who have experienced homelessness. These safe, secure homes are coupled with onsite and off-site services that promote resident stability and well-being.
The site is approximately 31,800 SF located between Fourth and Fifth Avenue, south of Beech Street, in Downtown San Diego. Apartment units are stacked in blocks, lending a sense of regularity and order to the building skin. Stucco is the unifying exterior material, with accents of metal and glass. Slight horizontal variations in window placement and periodic use of metal clad panels add some movement to the façade. Deep recesses are provided along the Fourth Avenue frontage to catch shadows and break up the length of that façade. Building end walls are, for the most part, punctured by window openings and feature textured concrete surfaces. Further façade articulation is provided by introducing architectural elements which “frame” blocks of units, adding additional shading patterns and offering opportunities to introduce color.
Common spaces include a community meeting room, computer room, and several multipurpose rooms. In addition, outdoor recreational spaces are included at the ground level and at the seventh level. The main residential entrance is on fourth ave, with an adjacent space for a moderate sized café.
Parking is provided for a total of 186 vehicles including six accessible stalls.
The project is deemed to be LEED certified.