Nestled underneath the Coronado Bridge resides the bustling and culturally vibrant neighborhood of Barrio Logan. As I was exploring the southern San Diegan neighborhood, I stumbled upon a hidden gem of a structure behind La Esquina Lofts. What first caught my eye was the red envelope, and I couldn’t help but take a peak into the welcoming space to find a warm, wooden resting spot consisting of some art installations and chairs.
The Parasite is a structure designed and built by Prismática Architects to serve as an evolving public nook space. It provides refuge from the nearby urban environment of the street and freeway in a minimal, yet intimate and powerful way that ushers in an immediate sense of relaxation. The interior is supplemented with light slits in which different colored openings flood the space in an ever changing way as the sun moves across the sky.
I wish there were more projects like this around the city that would allow for unique interactions between people and start to create a greater sense of community in San Diego.