Cielo at Little Italy is a mixed-use retail and residential development at the intersection of Grape Street and California Street, providing 70 residences, of which four units are dedicated as affordable units. The building was designed with sustainable planning in mind, primarily through the inclusion of a large lightwell that provides natural cross-ventilation and natural daylight to both sides of all of the residential units.
The history of this once vibrant working waterfront has inspired an architecture that responds to Little Italy’s history through a base palette of industrial materials like brick, steel channels, concrete, and wood; creating a textural and industrial, yet understated warehouse aesthetic. The design includes abundant operable glazing systems throughout the building to enhance the natural light in all spaces as well as strengthen the sensual connections to the San Diego Bay.
Cielo at Little Italy is designed to be a dynamic and responsive addition to San Diego’s downtown urban fabric.