An L-shaped lot and a 90-foot parking garage lead to innovative lofts.
Studio E Design was presented with an unusual quarter-acre parcel of land for the Fahrenheit townhouse complex. The San Diego Padres designed a garage that filled most of a downtown block; an unused L-shaped portion of the lot was turned over for residential redevelopment. The challenge for the architects was to design a townhouse complex on the L-shaped lot—one leg of which was narrow—that would serve as a type of screen-wall, blocking the 90-foot-high parking garage. The result is an 115,000-square-foot townhouse complex that responds to the two extensions of the site: tall and wide townhouses on the shallow side, and deep single-story lofts on the other.
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The townhouses weave together large openings and siding with overhanging projections. The siding is a deep orange that gives brightness to a portion of the building that rarely receives direct sunlight. The concrete and glass lofts, in contrast, have deep recesses with outdoor spaces. The glazed facade allows for light to infuse the loft interiors.
Tenants have the option to use the ground level unit as a retail space. This interaction with street-level pedestrians incorporates the townhouses with the community that utilizes the hidden parking garage that the complex envelops.
Formal name of project: Fahrenheit
Location: San Diego, California
Gross square footage: 115,000 Sq.ft.
Completion Date: February 2006
Total construction cost: 13.5 Million
Owner: City Mark Fahrenheit LLC
Studio E Design,
2258 First Ave, SD CA 92026
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