Celadon rethinks the housing high-rise to be tuned to its environmental setting and infused with useable gardens and open spaces suited to our beautiful climate. To get this all this —in essence to pay for it—the program is housed in an utterly simple and cost effective structure – a singular concrete structural grid and efficient layout from foundation to the roof.
Centered in the heart of downtown, Celadon provides 250 units of affordable housing in 17 stories for downtown service workers, people with special needs and the recently homeless. A mix of uses, Celadon includes ground level retail and extensive common use spaces throughout the building. Two and a half levels of below grade parking support these uses above.
The building aesthetic is derived from its urban and environmental setting. A four story base aligns with the historic fabric and scale of Broadway and creates a plinth to support a slender tower above. Angled bays on the west side are tilted to both protect from late afternoon setting sun and to direct interior views to the San Diego Bay and the ocean beyond. The concrete structural grid is expressed with infill panels of glass, corrugated metal siding and cement plaster. The terra cotta color of the infill metal panels was chosen for its warmth and appropriateness in the San Diego light and landscape.
Sustainable features include naturally ventilated circulation spaces, appropriate shading on openings, solar thermal water heating and an expressive photovoltaic veil that provides for all of the common electrical needs of the building.
The building is a study in integrating open space and sustainable measures in a high-rise structure. Garden terraces with amenity spaces are placed on three different levels. A ground level courtyard connects to common interior gathering spaces, the fifth floor podium is a planted series of gardens and gathering spaces and the 15th floor sky terrace makes the buildings best views available to all residents.