Ten on Columbia is a recently completed urban residency in the heart of downtown San Diego’s Little Italy District. Located at the northwest corner of Columbia and Hawthorne Street, Ten on Columbia provides a modern spin of what an in-fill project can become on a 5,000 square foot lot in America’s finest city. Ten on Columbia embraces spacious balconies and places its residents in the center of walkable amenities. Being located on a street where approximately 28,000 cars pass it daily, InDev took a chance to break the monotony of our corporate development counterparts by taking in the surrounding environment and creating a truly unique building typology.
The slope of Ten on Columbia’s site provided a challenge to the venture but also the solution to the design by allowing InDev to tier the building over 5 floor plates in order to provide stunning views of San Diego Bay and the downtown cityscape from each unit. The ten apartments range from 605 square feet up to 1350 square feet and includes private enclosed parking, expansive private patios and roof decks ranging from 118 square feet up to 285 square feet. The four distinct floor plans are designed to emphasize the double height ceilings, open floor plans, and large picture windows that utilize natural light and cross ventilation from the ocean breeze.
Ten on Columbia’s façade is an InDev’s subtle introduction to the essence of San Diego Bay. Often seen through the Hawthorn Street view corridor are numerous amounts of sailboats that capture the full force of the wind through its spinnaker sail. It was this curvature of the sail that produced the design inspiration for Ten on Columbia’s radial facade. This radius was also brought into the interior mezzanines of a few of the units for added continuity. Ten on Columbia ties itself into the context of the single family neighborhood by allowing its residents to step right out of their front door and directly into the urban community. The use of both familiar and unique materials on the building allowed InDev the opportunity to infuse and contrast the exterior. The smooth stucco finishes and sleek black anodized aluminum panels capture the allure of modern architecture. This is complimented with the select cypress horizontal wall cladding on the exterior and was purposefully meant to accentuate its more natural texture. The repetition of building planes and materiality allowed for a successful in-fill residency that promotes San Diego’s outdoor living, energy efficiency and sustainable urban density.