Today’s suburban reality finds its origin in the pastoral dream of finding a homestead in the countryside. The current model of subdivision is the fast-food version of this dream, the typology commonly referred to with disdain as “cookie cutter” or “McMansion design”. Without design influence in the construction of these homes, we start to see them as a continuation of the same mediocrity. This idea; backed up by the Gestalt laws related to perception: the Law of Continuity illustrates why so many a time, we find ourselves lost in suburbia, only able to navigate by address or G.P.S. instead of place and vision. Park Village’s overall sculptural design provides a unique atmosphere in which to live and grow in the heart of San Diego’s East Village, while most interiors can be designed to suit your personal needs.
Live, Work and Play Within a Sustainable Environment
With the onset of suburban flight from the city we saw a decline of the inner city downtown corridor. Looking to the cyclical nature of decline and renewal; today many cities’ downtowns are in a state of growth and gentrification. To maintain the quality of city life, these renewed areas must contain all aspects of living. With its strong setting in the middle of a growth bed in San Diego, you are a walk or trolley stop away from anything San Diego has to offer. Park Village is a place to call home; containing activity and serenity at the same time.
Due to the disconnect between suburban and urban life, the sense of place in one’s life is lost. Our choices are the city or suburbia, lest we live in the middle of nowhere. Architects as a whole have given up on residential projects and let developers and contractors be the creators of this type of built environment. With this disconnect in life, along with the disassociation of the architect and builder, we can see where the problem arises.
The inhabitable sculpture at Park Village would respect not only design and functionality, but foster a sense of place through its community courtyards, public open space, shopping centers, dining areas, recreational spas and fitness levels. This new community proposal is truly a place to call home; a serene community environment in the heart of urban San Diego.
The Park Village development is intended to act as a unifying element in the urban atmosphere of downtown San Diego’s East Village. From the organic canopy providing not only sculptural vibrancy and shading but developing a cohesive fabric that links the character of the main built forms to neighboring structures, past, present and future; Park Village is a way to bring the best of the suburban and urban elements that people crave to one place.
The tower component is a conduit for individuality that allows people to buy their own “piece of land in the sky” to build whatever type of residence feels like home inside of its concrete structure. The base midrise development and master planned areas offer a more affordable rental housing element while acting as an income generating machine. These two uses bring people and life from multiple backgrounds to an area that already has the potential for a neighborhood feel. By the inclusion of retail and hospitality elements throughout the base streetscape and strategically located throughout the tower; activity and place achieve a growth-bed. Public and private open spaces are allowed to coexist throughout the development. The main public court joins the transit hub and all three development areas with a link to downtown and the ball park; for a vibrant and active feel. Private courtyards for the residential elements appear throughout the entire development via the inclusion of roof-top decks and interior gardens. The park/yard setting for retreat into your own space; combined with the individual design freedom, many of the levels allow offer suburban benefits without leaving the city at large.
As illustrated in the drawings and models, the developments superstructure is comprised of cast-in-place concrete. Columns are sized at 4’ by 1’ and are spaced at 27’ centers. All main building slabs are 9-3/4” thickness with a 12’ floor-to-floor height. Slab beams are placed where needed for an increase in spans. All vertical circulation shafts serve additionally as shear and bearing walls for the super-structure. All wall partitions are desired to be akin to SIP design, as illustrated with the off-site construction techniques implemented. Off-site fabrication of wall partitions and skin allows for increased efficiency of the build along with decreased construction site waste. Photovoltaic’s from Octillian Corp. are designed to provide 70% of Park Village development’s energy needs. Mechanical systems used throughout the project are as follows: Geared and gearless traction elevators, for the different elevator shafts and their corresponding heights. To satisfy climate comfort needs, a heat pump system, along with split systems for each apartment can be incorporated. The heat pump system will be a standard issue with individual exchangers for each of the larger spaces.
The exterior facade is partly clad in metal panels by Alluco-Bond, for clean reflective lines that travel across the horizon line. Stone cladding is used at the street to act as an anchor, while giving a nod to the past warehouse construction of the area. For residential rental units, stucco is the finish material of choice for its durability to cost and finish characteristics. All eastern, southern and westward facing glazing is comprised of Octillian Corp. building integrated transparent P.V. Off-site wall partitions are comprised of two different options; the first is a precast concrete panel finished off to look akin to old weather-worn brick; the second is the aforementioned pre-fab panel made of metal studs, rigid insulation and OSB, allowing the final finish to be applied on an as needed cost basis. These materials along with systems and structure help the entire development to be designed to achieve a potential LEED gold rating.
Park Village would provide a vibrant place for life in all open community areas; while creating a signature building that unites the best of downtown with the good qualities suburbia has to offer. The character of the streetscape and building facade relates on a human as well as city-wide scale to San Diego’s past and present; with the sculptural forms of the development looking to the future. Park Village is inhabitable sculpture; rejoining the urban and suburban environment.