Modern apartments have sprung to life on a small, wedge shaped piece of vacant property, transforming it into a high-end, transit oriented,urban, multi-family project. Constraints included bureaucratic hurdles, affordable housing concessions and an incredibly tight urban infill space located along the exit ramp of the 163 Freeway. 36 modern residential flats sit neatly on top of the on-grade residential parking structure, which provides secure and accessible parking in a part of town where parking is at a serious premium. Plenty of space for
bicycles is also available, as this community is a shining example of urban infill in a highly walkable and bike-able location. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project, including important features such as solar panels, a high-efficiency boiler system, drought tolerant landscaping, cool roof, LED lighting throughout, landfill diversion, recycled materials, high efficiency HVAC and dual paned Low-E windows. Affordable housing units are included as well.
Orchids & Onions is an educational and fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.