Topaz is a private student focused residential apartment project proposed for an iconic site adjacent to San Diego State University. The project is sited along Montezuma Boulevard at the front door of the university. At street level the project design includes public spaces, along with retail and restaurant components that contribute to its location in the evolving campus village mixed use district.
Wide sidewalks and mini plazas, with outdoor dining will activate the spaces along Montezuma, while improvements to the adjacent alley will create pedestrian connection to the transit center and student union.
In the plaza, monumental steps encourage informal gathering and provide access to a second level terrace. The objective is to create a system of active public spaces that provide a healthy interface between the community and student life.
Above the street the architectural concept seeks to create a feeling of a vertical village where open air courts, apartment windows and a giant open-air picture window expose life within the project. A palette of contemporary materials are used to create a modern expression of the historic Spanish style of the adjacent university.