One Miramar, an 800-bed graduate student housing community of UC San Diego, comprises 404 two-bedroom apartments in four low-rise buildings, and a small retail/cafe, mail services, and administrative offices building at the entrance to the site. The development also includes a 680-space parking structure sunk into the hillside.
The buildings of the community define gathering and recreation spaces, and offer distant views. Their exterior walls suggest both an "inner," private edge, and an "outer," public edge. Light-colored plaster defines a subdued image of a whitewashed village on the hill, visible from the south and west. At the same time, court and canyon facades are clad in a tapestry of sidings, creating a weave of color and texture that suggests a diverse, vibrant student culture. The buildings are placed to form an open space network, fostering a sense of belonging and neighborliness.