Architect’s Statement: The NDD Design team lead by Soheil Nakhshab was faced with a unique set of challenges when presented with the objectives at Petros. The developer approached Soheil with his goals on the site. He wanted a design for 4 architecturally significant row homes that stood out from the typical design seen in Pacific Beach. The new homes were to be luxurious although cost efficient. Petros was to be an oasis in the area in which the “slap and go” developers have built too many generic projects over the years.
The first issue was coastal height limitations. The standard design in the area involves reducing the building height by placing parking below grade in order to allow for a roof deck. While the property does sit a block away from the Bay, the developer and Soheil realized that there were a significant deal of eyesores around and aging infrastructure that simply did not create a pleasant vista. It was quickly decided that instead of troubling with sunken parking and a roof deck that the new row homes would have on-grade parking below the living areas. In order to create an “oasis” concept, beautiful courtyards would be included in the units that not only provided a pleasant entry, but also helped create separation between the units.
The result is “inward-looking” row homes that are both private and pleasant while taking advantage of the San Diego climate. Floor-to-ceiling windows draw in light as interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces is promoted. With the added height allowance in lieu of roof decks, the living spaces were able to increase ceiling height that create a feeling of openness, help flood in more light, and give a sense of airiness in the space. At Petros, modern design and an open-concept philosophy maximize urban living with a focus on an inviting microenvironment in an elegant presentation.
Location: Crown Point, San Diego, California, USA
Type: Residential – Houses
Area: 5,950 SF
Size of unit or building (or size of units) in sq. ft.: 6,339, Units Range from 1,500 – 1,800 SF
Architects: Nakhshab Development and Design
Photographs: Paul Body