Located at the intersection of Carmel Mountain Road and East Ocean Air Drive, Torrey Hills Center serves as the Town Marketplace for the Torrey Hills Community. The center is anchored by Vons Market, a large medical office building, and a variety of national, regional and local restaurants and businesses.
Designed in a contemporary California Craftsman style, Torrey Hills Center has a wonderful expanse of public space to meet and greet with friends, enjoy a meal outdoors, or just people watch. There are also quieter seating areas where visitors can comfortably be alone and read a book, with the sound of running water blocking out the background noise.
Torrey Hills Landscape is great example of drought tolerant plants such as butterfly bushes, natural grasses, succulents, agaves and many more. The property has been proactive in reducing turf areas throughout the center for water conservation. Over 25,000 sq ft of turf has been converted to water wise planting to save thousands of gallons of water each year. In addition, the property has many indigenous plants to support the surrounding wildlife such as Torrey Pine trees and Toyons shrubs. The center as a whole is an great balance of aesthetics, water conservation, and sustainability in a shopping center environment.
Enriching the landscape in several locations are bright and colorful public art displays. Most notably, a sculpture from Dennis Oppenheim entitled, Going Home. Dennis is recorded saying, “The image of home is a metaphor for a destination – it represents a safe comfortable shelter – a safe passage.”
Dennis’ work has been featured all over the world and gained fame for the sister sculpture, Arriving Home, during the Chicago Transit Authority’s Art in Transit program.
Project website: www.torreyhillscenter.com/
Photos by Cliff Endsley: www.cliffendsley.com
Dennis Oppenheim: www.dennis-oppenheim.com