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Housing - San Diego, California - 2012 AIAOC Residential Honor Award Winner (Download Project PDF - 1.1MB)

A 66-unit apartment building combining old and new, residential and retail, market- and below-market rentals occupies a neighborhood corner in downtown San Diego. It ranges from three to five stories of Type V construction over a concrete podium; the retail development wraps over the edge of the podium to grade, and two levels of parking are located under the podium and behind and under the retail space.

Its contemporary design, consistent with other new buildings nearby, is noteworthy for its relationship to—and contrast with—a 2,902-square-foot designated historic structure on the same site, a 1928 Spanish Renaissance Revival chapel. The chapel will be maintained and restored, yet adapted for contemporary usage as retail space.

The new design's deliberate contrast with the chapel highlights the older building as a remnant of historic San Diego, and residents will be exposed to both old and new as they use the entryway to their apartments, placed at a 10-foot separation between the two structures.

Ten percent of the residential spaces will be rented at market rates and the remainder at below-market rates established in compliance with the 9% low-income housing tax credit program.