Located along a sweeping bend in the Alvarado Creek in San Diego’s Mission Valley, ShoreLINE is a 126 unit Tax-Credit financed workforce housing development. While the site sounds romantic, it is also directly adjacent to an impressive overhead viaduct of the San Diego Trolley. To that end – the project design seeks to acknowledge this dichotomous urban/bucolic setting. Two wings of the building orient to the historic city grid pattern while two others twist and inflect in response to the flow of the waterway – giving the building a dual-character. Five levels of wood framing stack above a two-level concrete podium which is partially buried into the sloping site. The wings of the building curl around an interior terrace courtyard where a play area and barbeque are located. A large commons room hosting a kitchen and fireplace offers residents a spot for gathering at the ground level. This room is expanded further by the addition of a raised porch that overlooks a generously landscaped pedestrian paseo that leads to a creek overlook. City plans for a public park along the “shoreline” of the creek will offer a significant amenity in the near future.
Completion Date: 2024