San Diego, California

The Metrome condominium complex consists of 184 residential units in an eight story concrete and glass building with underground parking. Metrome draws from the vernacular of the former warehouse district by utilizing traditional building materials and articulation of the facade. The facades are wrapped in zinc panels, concrete panels and brick harmonizing with the existing neighborhood context. The urban warehouse style building offers 22 different floor plans ranging from studios to two-bedroom, two-bath units with a media room, sized from approximately 650 to 1,450 SF. This half block urban project is configured around a central courtyard utilizing a double loaded corridor to maximize the floor area ratio as well as city views.

Among the many challenges this project faced was to incorporate all of the Developer's program requirements, on a constrained site and within the City's entitlement limitations, and at the same time leverage a unique structural design imposed by the Developer. The stud bearing wall system required a finely tuned design and document package and best possible coordination during construction. The result is shear walls in strategic locations at the exterior skin that reinforce the warehouse aesthetic of the neighborhood, and provide large openings in the exterior envelope for transparent elements that open the living units to the activity in and around the site and help activate the pedestrian connection to the building.