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Amanecer Apartments

San Diego, CA

This 96 unit affordable housing development brings much needed modern housing units to the Linda Vista community’s dated housing stock. Located on a 1.47 acre site adjacent to the Community Park, Amanecer Apartments makes the most of its parkside location, orienting the building and its public spaces towards the park. The C-shape configuration of the building creates a central courtyard that is a hub of family activity and includes multi-use open spaces for gathering and socializing, including a BBQ and dining area, a play structure for kids and a citrus orchard. The open space is ringed with resident amenity spaces, including a fitness room, laundry, computer room, community room and kitchen.

The 4 story building presents itself to Ulric Street with a textured façade of fibercement panels and a wrap-around canopy surrounding the entrance and main stair with a bright accent color. The open air lobby allows a peek through the building and connects to a feature stair which descends to the central courtyard beyond.

The building sits up slightly above street level, allowing the parking garage to slip underneath the building and discreetly hide cars from sight. The main residential wings of the building are simple, white plaster boxes that sit atop an overhanging concrete podium, allowing tuck under parking along the north and south edges. The podium overhang also creates an arcade providing shade along the south facing façade of the central courtyard. Upper residential levels include open ended corridors providing daylight and natural ventilation. At level 4 the corridor terminates in a large, sunny terrace overlooking the park.

Icon Award Finalist for Best Affordable Community of the Year from Building Industry Association of San Diego


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