This project breaks all the rules…but doesn’t propose a compelling alternative. This luxury high-rise on one of the most prominent urban sites in San Diego ended up looking like a layer cake of exurban production housing with a half-hearted design that rejects verticality and ignores the pedestrian experience.
Bands of foam cornice trim painted a conservative and unattractive dark brown dominate the facade. Ten foot tall commercial spaces with no overhangs, tinted glazing, and strip planters eliminate any possibility of sidewalk activation in favor of dead-eyed tenants transplanted from the local strip mall. Over-scaled penthouses are topped by a chunky, overhanging roof that jogs back and forth at random. The suggestion of frames and overhanging boxes on the facade probably looked better in a two dimensional elevation but (literally) falls flat when viewed from an angle. Rounded patios shy away from the street corner and aren’t recalled elsewhere on the building.