San Diego, CA
970 units | 13.8 acres
The Promenade at Rio Vista is a unique 13.8-acre walkable, mixed-use community, which takes advantage of the site’s characteristics of light-rail transit and riverfront trails. The development consists of six individual structures of four stories over a two-level subterranean garage, with commercial and retail in buildings surrounding a commons. The commons serve as the heart of the community and provide a destination for residents and transit ridership alike. The space is enlivened by arcades fronting commercial activities, with outdoor patios for sidewalk dining with a large fountain as a memory point. Based upon the architecture of Irving Gill, the flat and low-pitched roofs of The Promenade acknowledge the benign climate of the area and relate to an architectural tradition indicative of the region. Trellises, pergolas, courtyards, patios and arched windows tie the interior spaces to a landscape set-off by simple, light-colored building forms. A network of private streets and pedestrian paths provide connections to destinations both within and outside the community.