AVRP Studios was invited to participate in a design competition with Kilroy Realty Corporation for the redevelopment of two blocks in downtown San Diego. The challenge was to design a progressive workplace environment including over 700,000 sq. ft of office and commercial space including retail uses, restaurants and project amenities.
The concept starts by addressing the location of the two sites within a three-block mini district established by the city to create an “urban mainstreet” or downtown gathering area. At the heart of this district, the project is envisioned as a “modern mainstreet” where creative design, environment features and the contemporary workplace amenities meet the traditional urban grid.
The project is composed of two buildings, each made up of multiple parts, creating a variety of architectural experiences. Specific elements of design are crafted to address the unique qualities of each of the surrounding streets.
The mainstreet experience between the two buildings follows the metaphor of the geode where gritty urban outer shell is host to the sparkling inside where the experience rises the active urban street to “skylife” terraces, and rooftops where amenities support business activities and socialization.