A refreshing new addition to one of San Diego’s most historic and architecturally diverse neighborhoods, Hangar 5 stands out as its own modern sculpture. It introduces multi-family living in a desirable neighborhood without affecting the neighborhood’s density or compromising good design and spacious living. The building itself, inspired by its proximity to the airport and a mid-century modern aesthetic, hosts five luxury apartments, including a penthouse with stunning views to the harbor. The four bottom units maximize open floor space on the western façade with high ceilings that bring in an abundance of natural light and together, these units create a monolithic structure that read as one mass. The pinnacle of this assembly rests above the four units, taking the shape of its penthouse. Setback from the street, it takes full advantage of the views offered by Banker’s Hill with two expansive outdoor areas facing the Pacific Ocean and downtown San Diego.
Within the ever-growing density of San Diego, Nakhshab Development & Design created custom apartments that simultaneously stand out in their historic neighborhood but do not overpower the surrounding buildings. The San Diego Municipal Code, typically calling for larger setbacks as levels increase in mid- and high-rises, inspired the firm to keep the four bottom units slightly under their maximum size and then significantly decrease the penthouse footprint in order to maintain the scale of the neighborhood. This strategy accentuates the top unit as a separate element of the building, while maintaining its aesthetic lightness. The style is further emphasized by the inconspicuous placement of the parking structure beneath – making the building seemingly float above the street. Hangar 5 adds a fresh perspective to one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, bringing with it thoughtful density, modern aesthetic and community awareness.