What was once a blighted and mostly vacant 1964 La Jolla medical office building is now the site of The Collins, a mixed-use multi-family property that is a unique fusion of sophisticated retro and modern design. After over a decade of neglect and lack of tenants, the building became rundown and in need of modernization. The high demand for local housing presented an opportunity to create a mixed-use residential and retail development that would serve the local community.
The ground floor was converted to 5,000 square feet of retail that is now home to Valley Farm Market La Jolla, a high-quality yet affordable specialty market with an award-winning butchery and meat department. The medical office space was converted to fifteen apartments with one reserved as an affordable low-income unit, while the fourth floor is now compromised of 1,617 square feet of office space that boasts 270-degree Pacific Ocean views.
Working within the constraints of the existing structure and building envelope to avoid the need for a California coastal permit, a new curtain wall of blended shades of white, gray and black panels, set in a white frame was added. The exterior space was augmented with private balconies facing the ocean and new enlarged windows to enhance the views. The residential entry is now defined by a light filtering sunscreen.
The apartment units include high ceilings to provide a flexible living environment, including the layout of modern linear kitchens. Energy-efficient dual glazed floor-to-ceiling windows and energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems were also added. The ground-floor commercial space embraces floor to ceiling glass open to the street providing a sense of community to the project. This adaptive re-use project fills a void in the community and provides an innovative housing opportunity within walking distance of famous Windansea beach.