BURGER BENCH

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2015

obrARCHITECTURE was contracted to design Burger Bench, Historic Downtown Escondido's newest burger joint in the former Escondido Times-Advocate Newspaper building, built in 1924. A family-owned restaurant dedicated to offering fresh and local ingredients in a friendly environment, the project mixes new and old, proving that architecture can be timeless and relevant. The scope of the project entails a new bar, restaurant seating, outdoor seating, sidewalk cafe and commercial kitchen. The existing storefront windows were removed and the window line brought back into the space allowing more outdoor seating. Operable glass doors allow the space to feel open allowing the energy to flow out onto the sidewalk. Finishes are rustic with the original brick and ceiling joists exposed with galvanized aluminum bartops. The design turned the former retail space in to a warm inviting space for the surrounding neighborhood; utilizing inexpensive materials to craft a space rich with texture and color. The dual height main bar features a lower tasting bar in front of the taps, giving customers a relaxed setting to sample the many beers available. obrARCHITECTURE designed all the tables and interior design along with the architecture for the project.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Saiko Sushi North Park

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Feeding off of the success of their first restaurant in Coronado, CA designed by obrARCHITECTURE, the owners of Saiko Sushi have once again hired obr to design their second restaurant in North Park with the goal of becoming San Diego’s premier craft sake purveyor. The design includes a full hot kitchen along with a four station sushi bar and craft sake bar. The 3,000 square foot space features a mix of seating options along with outdoor seating along University Avenue. A circular suspended bamboo soffit hangs over the communal table and pays homage to the hangiri bowl, a traditional Japanese bowl used to prepare rice for sushi. Hanging panels provide visual division between the bar and the main seating area.

Bottlecraft Little Italy

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2014

Design is underway for Bottlecraft's newest location in Little Italy. With a concept focused around beer packaging and social interaction, this location will include both retail space as well as a tasting bar. A new cold box at the center of the space serves as a mezzanine bar level overlooking the bottle shop with railings constructed out of salvaged wood palettes. The palette form continues at the rear of the space as a layered screen wall covered with beer inspired supergraphics. A wood bartop wraps the cold box and beer taps and is clad in local, craft beer labels. An accent wall also plastered with beer labels transitions into a large interactive chalkboard wall, intended to be used by patrons as a way to buy drinks for friends or to leave tasting notes. The design includes a sidewalk cafe enclosed with steel railings allowing the energy from the space to carry out onto the sidewalk.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Paul Ecke Central School - Energy Upgrades
Encinitas Union School District

ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA

With green initiatives at the forefront of focus for Encinitas Union School District, this project at Paul Ecke Central School campus entails design for Solatubes at five of the existing classroom buildings and administration building along with photovoltaics mounted to the roofs at five of those buildings. Solatubes are carefully designed for each of the classrooms allowing natural light to the primary means for illuminating the space reducing the need for artificial lighting. Other modernization improvements include replacement of windows and roofs, adding energy efficient HVAC systems, and fire alarm upgrades. The campus is an example of the School District’s mission in providing agroecological learning experiences along with health and wellness programs, and this project allows for the next step in providing a higher level of energy efficiency.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Mission Estancia Elementary School - Energy Upgrades
Encinitas Union School District

ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA

This project entails energy efficiency upgrades for the Mission Estancia Elementary School campus including Solatube Installation at the five existing classroom and administration buildings as well as new photovoltaic carport installation to shade the existing surface parking. Additional modernization upgrades include roof replacement at existing buildings, fire alarm upgrades, and the addition of new lunch shelter canopies. The modernization upgrades meet the functional needs of the client and users while reinforcing the School District’s commitment to energy efficiency and improved learning environments for students. Special consideration was paid to providing each classroom space with adequate natural daylight throughout with the addition of six rooftop solatubes.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Waypoint Public

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2013

Waypoint Public moved into the corner space formerly occupied by the Linkery in North Park, CA and obrARCHITECTURE was hired to convert the space it designed for the Linkery in to the bright, family friendly neighborhood gathering spot that now houses Waypoint Public. While the Linkery sought to bring the inner workings of the kitchen out into the view of the patrons and use angled bartops to promote conversation, Waypoint Public provides a more communal and open experience. It has quickly become a hotspot in North Park and was voted as one of the top 10 best new beer bars in the US.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Bottlecraft North Park

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2013

Bottlecraft North Park is a bottle shop created in an existing building in the burgeoning neighborhood of North Park in San Diego. obrARCHITECTURE designed the entire space including the custom concrete sales counter, custom Baltic birch sales shelving, specialty lighting and finishes. obr worked with local fabricators to turn used beer kegs into pendant light fixtures to highlight the sales area. A small kitchen was added in the rear of the space and has become JUKE, serving locally sourced creative food for take out.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Pinot's Palette

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2014

Pinot's Palette, the newest addition to the arts and culture district at Liberty Station, entails a 2,300 square foot interior tenant improvement for the very first Pinot's Palette Franchise location in San Diego. The scope includes a main art studio with 44 seats and an adjoining private party studio. The design is focused around a curved bar clad in porcelain tile with quartz countertops which is highlighted above with a curved wood soffit and dimensional logo signage. Recycled wine bottle pendant lights cap off the bar area and carries the theme throughout the space. A pass-through window adjoins the two studios allowing the bar to service both spaces and a stained wood drink rail provides additional gathering space in the main art studio.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Storefront Improvement Projects

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Through the City of San Diego's Storefront Improvement Program OBR has provided design services to over twenty-five business owners. The program lends financial and design assistance to small business owners looking to improve their storefronts while also revitalizing local neighborhoods. Design features have included new railings, windows and doors, awnings, planters, signage, lighting, paving, facade improvements and repairs, and working with local artists to create artistic installations. We enjoy the opportunity to have a hand in the design of our community and forming relationships with other small business owners in San Diego.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Stein's Pub

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2014

Stein's Pub is a craft beer and wine bar located in the Tierrasanta area featuring over 20 taps and a twist on the traditional pub fare. Tenant improvements to the space included a new stained wood bar top, stained concrete flooring, new lighting throughout, and new operable storefront windows with a drink rail. The new restaurant layout offers flexible seating such as communal tables and drink rails as well as more traditional seating options. OBR has been commissioned to design and fabricate the artwork for the space.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Waterfront Development

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Still early in the design process, OBR has been working on a concept for a waterfront property for a private developer in San Diego. Water is the driving force behind this project both figuratively and physically. As waves crash into shore, water erodes away the hardened earth slowly revealing layers of history. The wood represents the raw material continually shaped by the elements as if water once flooded the site leaving its trace on the built environment. Along the path of this eroded earth there are moments to focus one’s view back to the water, from which the project is born. Moving elements, such as pivoting security gates and collapsible wood doors, occur along this path representing the water as it might have flowed through the site. Warm and cold materials along with the juxtaposition of hard and soft materials, concepts of erosion, revealing impressions, exposure, and time are all present in the design.

Kevin Walsh Photography
4AM

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

obrARCHITECTURE is currently working on plans for the development of a 34 unit apartment complex near downtown San Diego.  Located nearby the airport, the concept for the project is based on wingtip vortices and the transportation node in which the site is located.

The Bean Bar

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2014

Design for The Bean Bar includes a new 1,100 square foot coffee shop located in the East Village directly across from the new Central Library. The scope of work for this project includes a coffee service layout, interior design and sidewalk cafe design. The design centers around using warm, natural materials which includes wood counter tops, a recycled wood accent wall with vintage marquee lighting and concrete floors to create an inviting, comfortable space for the community to connect over coffee. The bar functions in a way that allows for the baristas to interact with the customers from the time they place their order to when they finish their last sip of their delicious drink. We're thrilled to be a part of making these craft coffee connoisseurs' vision a reality and are looking forward to a construction start date in August 2014.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Quail - Gardens Agroecology Learning Center
Encinitas Union School District

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2013

After completing a site master planning study for the Encinitas Union School District, OBR was requested to design an agriculture/education facility on the Encinitas Ranch Site. In lieu of a full elementary school, this unique campus includes four portable classrooms with a raised, engineered wood courtyard. Stormwater is managed through a low impact development plan that includes a bioswale and bioretention facility with drought tolerant, native landscaping. Farm fields on either side of the classrooms will grow vegetables for the District’s Healthy Food Program as well as serve as an outdoor classroom. Students will spend a week of the year at this campus, experiencing hands-on learning of farming, produce and green technologies. This project demonstrates the District’s commitment to agriculture, education and a sustainable future while providing a learning center for not only the students but the community.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Parklet
Caffe Calabria

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2013

Parklets, a movement to extend the sidewalk and temporarily inhabit public spaces, will soon be popping up throughout the North Park neighborhood. Alongside North Park Main Street we had the opportunity to design San Diego’s first permitted Parklet, as well as set up the permitting framework through the City of San Diego. Occupying two parking spaces, the design includes wood decking, steel planters and sculptural steel tables giving North Park residents a comfortable place to converse, eat and drink.

Kevin Walsh Photography
San Diego Food Bank
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2013

Tasked with providing master planning services for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank we have begun to investigate their existing warehouse facility through site planning services, building renovation design and expansion feasibility studies. As part of the developed master plan, site improvements will consist of replacing existing on-site streets and driveways with new asphalt paving and strategically placed concrete paving areas, new drought-tolerant landscaping and enhanced hardscape at the front of the building, new shade structures, lunch area, public seating and signage. Building renovations include expanding the existing walk-in cooler and upgrading technology on the chillers, a new interior mezzanine for ease of future office expansion, expanding the warehouse space for a new Recycling Center, developing an electrical master plan for the addition of flywheel generation/storage and fuel cell, and miscellaneous interior and exterior building improvements.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Brixton Garnet
Brixton Garnet, LP

PACIFIC BEACH, CALIFORNIA • 2013

Design for the Brixton/Garnet Modernization Project transforms an abandoned tire shop into a new retail center in Pacific Beach. The existing CMU building will take on a new character by replacing the existing metal roll-up doors with storefront systems allowing daylight to flood the retail spaces. The addition of a new wood trellis along the front of the building will extend past the storefronts creating a shaded outdoor patio space for patrons to enjoy. New strategic landscaping will complete the project, softening the feel of the space and providing additional shading.

Kevin Walsh Photography
OMWD Headquarters Site Design
Olivenhain Municipal Water District

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2012

Olivenhain Municipal Water District hired us to work on an exciting new project for their District Headquarters Facility. They have formed a Conservation Committee which is tasked with implementing a number of water quality and conservation components throughout their site. We will be working with the Committee to develop a more pedestrian friendly site design, modified vehicular patterns and integrated water conservation measures. The conservation measures will serve as functional site design components, but will also be educational by including signage and interactive elements.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Willie James Jones Apartments

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2013

Willie James Jones Apartments is a new apartment development in the South Eastern San Diego neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Around the corner from the newly constructed Lincoln High School, the project will consist of 33 carriage units with individual, enclosed, ground floor parking; topped by two stories of living space. The design seeks a careful balance between a modern approach and a more traditional vernacular that the residents of the area are familiar with. We believe this approach will help bring new energy and momentum to an under served community, in the form of a project that the residents can be proud of.

The Arc - Starlight Center Competition

CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA • 2013

The Arc of San Diego - Starlight Center is a 32,000 SF office building and training center for mentally disabled adults with a Joint-use Multi-Purpose Room and Day Care Center. We were asked to take part in a design competition for project award and prepared site planning, modeling and graphics for a presentation to the board. The design encompasses modern mission styling with multi-level outdoor spaces, an entry archway for safety/control and natural daylighting/natural ventilation.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Luce Theater

POINT LOMA, CALIFORNIA

Luce Theater at the NTC Promenade is being developed as a multi-function venue for performing arts, cinema and dance. Constructed in the 1920’s and on the National Register of Historic Places, Luce Theater houses 1,800 seats, but the number of seats, the stage size, poor sight lines and lack of a fly gallery make it unsuitable for modern uses. We have worked with the NTC Foundation to develop a program that fits the needs identified by the Foundation through a series of workshops with local dance, cinema and performing arts groups. Since all the interior surfaces, along with the stage and proscenium were considered historically significant, the design consists of a main theater that would seat roughly 450, for dance, cinema and other performing arts. Two smaller theaters would be designed within the larger building, as black-box or cinema venues depending on need.

Sustainable North Park Main Street

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

We recently joined a team of local North Park architects, landscape architects, planners and business owners in the development of an implementation plan for the preservation and greening of North Park’s historic business district. Interventions focus on maintaining the arts culture and historic integrity of the neighborhood, increasing resource conservation, creating a walkable, bike friendly community and sustaining the growing local economy. The resulting work can now be viewed at www.northparkmainstreet.com.

Kevin Walsh Photography
San Diego Waterfront Project

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

In this mixed-use development on San Diego Bay, the Waterfront Promenade anchors the buildings and users to the site, drawing people from the street to the water’s edge for circulation and interaction such as boating, kayaking, walking, running and dining. An enlarged promenade of stamped concrete and reclaimed wood is proposed to jet in and out over the water, to create spaces for stopping, eating and walking for a currently underutilized, dilapidated water’s edge.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Nielsen Beaumont Boatyard Renovation
Nielsen Beaumont Marine

POINT LOMA, CALIFORNIA • 2012

Nielsen Beaumont Marine contracted us to design a renovation of their existing office building and boatyard in Shelter Island. Exterior improvements include the replacement of rotted wood siding with a wood panel rain screen system and the addition of full height windows. The boatyard improvements include the replacement of an outdated cradle and rail boat haul-out system with a 50-ton travel lift system, new piers and concrete marginal wharf system.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Boys & Girls Clubs Valley Center Branch
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego

VALLEY CENTER, CALIFORNIA • 2012

The Boys and Girls Club - Valley Center Branch project converts the existing Multi-Purpose Room at Valley Center Upper Elementary School into an innovative, joint-use facility for the Club and the School. It will house a new Art room, Computer room and Multi-Purpose room along with new restrooms and a redesigned entry that provides better visual security of the parking and drop-off area. The new entry, new windows and colorful interiors are designed to scale the elements down and welcome the students to a new day of play, learning, exploration and creativity.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Father Joe's Villages
St. Vincent De Paul

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2010

Teamed with Legacy Building Services, we won a Design-Build competition to renovate and modernize the Medical Reception and Triage Room at the St. Vincent De Paul Medical Center in Downtown San Diego. The revised design reoriented the reception desks to the consumers, alleviating previous confusion about where to go upon entering the facility. Additionally, the employees now have increased visual supervision of the entire entry sequence; from the front door all the way into the triage room and the main clinic. The scope of services included furniture selection and interior design, along with typical architectural services. The project was required to meet OSHPD requirements as administered by the City of San Diego.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Riverpark Fire Station
City of Oxnard and Ventura County Fire Departments

OXNARD, CALIFORNIA • 2005

This new joint-use fire station facility houses the City of Oxnard Fire Department and the Ventura County Fire Department. Each half of the station includes a two-story office/residential structure and three apparatus bays. The site also contains a shared yard with a fueling island, carport, and hose drying area. Design, construction documentation, permitting, and construction administration services were performed. The fire station received an award from the AIA Orange County.

Garrick Oliver
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Bolsa Chica State Beach
State of California
Department of Parks and Recreation

OXNARD, CALIFORNIA • 2005

This project is designed to revitalize an underutilized stretch of coastland and provide an educational component of the adjacent wetlands. The entire project includes a new lifeguard headquarters with a visitor center, maintenance shop building and yard, central storage building, (4) concession buildings, (12) comfort stations and (2) contact stations. The site is 3 miles long, approximately 300 feet wide and includes shade structures, plazas, and a multi-use trail. The project received an award from the AIA Orange County.

Garrick Oliver
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
San Ysidro DMV
State of California
Department of General Services

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2006

Designed to replace and resolve several issues from the previous facility, the new 14,800 square foot building is a reflection of the California DMV’s response to a growing need for healthy public facilities. The open, naturally lit public space was designed to provide a comfortable environment for waiting customers and working staff. The project is LEED Gold Certified, with energy efficient building systems, natural day lighting, concrete masonry used as thermal mass and other recycled materials. In 2007, the project received a CMACN Sustainable Design Honor Award, CMACN Civic Design Merit Award and a SANDEE (CCSE) Energy Efficiency Award.

Kevin Walsh Photography

Anney Rosenthal
Individual experience with RNT Architects

South Oxnard Library
City of Oxnard

OXNARD, CALIFORNIA • 2007

Located in the heart of downtown Oxnard, CA, and adjacent to their City Hall, the Oxnard Parking Structure plays a prominent role in the lives of Oxnard’s people. As such, we focused on creating a pedestrian friendly atmosphere out of a vehicular centered function. Metallic skin elements, awning covered sidewalks and public art were all used in order to take the hard edge off of this utilitarian structure.

Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Olivenhain Municipal Water District - 4S Ranch
Olivenhain Municipal Water District

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2012

The Olivenhain Municipal Water District hired us to perform a renovation and addition to their Operations Building at the 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility. The Operations Building serves a dual programmatic function. One function is a forward thinking technology which tests, treats and reuses water for irrigation and other functions within their District. The secondary function of the Operations Building is to provide offices, locker rooms and a lunch area for District Employees. Our design strives to balance and highlight the contrast between this highly technological function and the need for refuge by its habitants.

Kevin Walsh Photography
The Arc of San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2009

The Arc of San Diego Training Center is a two story, 16,000 SF office building and training center for mentally disabled adults. On a site with an existing 16,000 SF building and a historic school, the new building houses 8 classrooms, conference facilities, kitchens and administrative offices. The design is inspired by Irving Gill’s take on the modern mission style – clean lines, archways and efficiency in materials.

Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Naval Training Center Promenade
NTC Foundation

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

The NTC Promenade project consists of 26 historic buildings which previously housed the Naval Training Center. The charge for the project was to transform the campus of buildings that were once used for education and housing for the Navy into a new Arts and Culture District with heavy influence on education and instruction. The first phase resident group mix is varied and vibrant, including such uses as dance instruction, painting instruction, galleries, oral histories and business meeting spaces. The second phase of the overall project consists of military barracks that will transform to artist studios and instructional spaces, an event center, arts and culture related retail, administrative spaces and dining facilities.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Naval Training Center Resident Groups

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2007

The conversion of the NTC Promenade into an Arts and Culture destination has continued with the numerous resident group tenant improvements. From Chocolatier to artists, galleries and workshops, the varied uses and design challenges have been seemlessly integrated into the historic fabric of the existing buildings. The buildings are re-energized and re-purposed and have become important incubators for art and culture in San Diego.

Garrick Oliver / Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
New Americans Museum
Gayle Hom

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2007

The New Americans Museum is a tenant improvement in Building #202 of the NTC Promenade. The 3,300 SF project includes a Smithsonian level gallery/exhibit space, administrative offices and a classroom/multi-purpose space. One of the highlights was the conversion of the existing concrete vault into a sound-proof booth and waiting area for recording oral histories for inclusion in the gallery and exhibits.

Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Dance Place San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2007

Dance Place San Diego opened in 2007 and filled a long standing void in the San Diego Dance Community at large. It instantly became a top notch destination for all of San Diego’s dancers to come rehearse, watch small shows and train. In addition, it is now home to some of the region’s most influential dance companies including Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet and San Diego Dance Theatre.

Garrick Oliver
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
San Ysidro High School
Sweetwater Union High School District

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2008

San Ysidro High School is one of the newest high schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District; however, it was constructed with the absence of a Performing Arts Center. In order to remedy this, the District embarked on their first Design-Build project delivery contract and provided a facility which would serve as an asset to their campus and the community as a whole. The facility houses classrooms for Folklorico Dance, Mariachi, Band, and Choir; as well as a 400 seat theatre where they can all perform. The theatre is designed with extreme sensitivity to acoustics and lighting, both of which can be operated from a back of house sound and control booth. In addition, there are changing rooms and a scenery shop which support a full theatrical production.

Garrick Oliver
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Oxnard Elementary School District
OXNARD, CALIFORNIA • 2003

Surrounded by a new suburban housing tract in Oxnard, this state-of-the-art elementary school was designed to inspire the students and give homage to the site’s agrarian past by developing unique outdoor spaces, well proportioned courtyards and hedgerows of trees like those found in nearby farms and throughout the Oxnard delta. Series of workshops were organized to address the school’s unique teaching programs and strengthen the bonds between the school and surrounding community. The project consists of 27 new classrooms, a community center/multi-purpose room, library, administration center, computer lab, kindergarten classrooms and playground and additional support facilities. This project received awards from both the AIA and CASH.

Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects
Kevin Walsh Photography
Jefferson Elementary School
San Diego Unified School District

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2004

Originally constructed almost 50 years ago, Jefferson Elementary was in need of revitalization. As a semi-urban site, the outdoor play spaces were extremely limited. When placing the new library and landscaping on the existing site, we pointed our focus squarely on creating unexpected and poignant experiences for the children of Jefferson. We strived to generate spaces where the librarian could provide an interactive and intimate learning environment. In addition, we placed small play striping areas and landscaped planters in order for the younger students to escape from the larger more intimidating playground.

Garrick Oliver
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Torrey Pines High School
San Dieguito High School District

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2002

The Torrey Pines High School West Campus was the culmination of multiple phases of work on the overall campus. The West Campus expansion included a state-of-the-art permanent 37,000 square foot, 2-story 24-classroom addition which made up one wing of the project and included a small AV theater and publishing classroom. The other wing included 20 environmentally sensitive 2-story modular classrooms and a 7,000 sf counseling center. This project received awards from both the AIA and CASH.

Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
SIO & ORCUTT ECKART LIBRARY RENOVATION
UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA • 2012 & 2014

This project is a two phased 14,000 SF renovation to the first floor of the Eckart Library Building on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus. The program includes offices and support spaces for the Ocean Observatories Initiative Cyberinfrastructure (OOI) program and SIO’s IT Department. Considering the nature of the library as well as the local vernacular throughout campus, we approached this project from the perspective of a permanent art installation within the existing fabric. The design meets the functional needs of the clients while its materiality, form, and flow were inspired by its dynamic oceanfront site. While respecting the original character of the library’s interior, the wood paneled installation for OOI alludes to the stratified landforms of the La Jolla cliffs as well as the nature of OOI’s multi-layered information synthesis program. The glass installation for the IT Department aims to connect the user to the continual, multi-layered flow of the ocean.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Bardsley Residence
Frank & Diane Bardsley

DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA • 2006

The Bardsleys wished to expand their existing house to create a dream home for their retirement. The existing single story residence was expanded by 1,000 square feet to include a second floor addition consisting of an office, master bedroom and bath, an entertainment deck and a private deck off of the bedroom. The existing atrium was converted into a combination stairwell and ventilation shaft for the entire house. That, coupled with detailed sun studies and the addition of Photovoltaic roof panels, has given the clients the ability to power their entire home off grid.

Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Bittner Kitchen

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2015

A complete re-imagining of an existing galley kitchen in a 1925 Spanish home. The design intent was to seamlessly meld modern interior design ideas within the existing framework of the home. In order to integrate the kitchen more to the dining area, a large portion of the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room was removed which became the location of the breakfast bar and liquor cabinet. The original arched divider between the kitchen and breakfast nook was relocated to hide the refrigerator, but retained to help integrate the old and the new. Custom open walnut shelving was used in the main part of the kitchen to further expand the experience of the galley kitchen and subway tile was used to, again, help bridge between the time periods. White Quartz countertops with waterfall edges with greyed wood cabinet faces round out the design.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Sellin Residence
Jutta and Derek Sellin

RANCHO BERNARDO, CALIFORNIA

Having lost their home to the fires in October 2007, Jutta Sellin came to us to help her design a modern home for her family which reflected her personal style and carefully considered fire resistance and the environment. Large overhangs and strategically placed window and door openings encourage natural daylight and ventilation. A concrete masonry core wall divides the private/public functions on the first floor and continues to the second floor, with shelving, closet space and walkways cut into the wall.

Kevin Walsh Photography
McConkey Residence
Mike and Shawn McConkey

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2015

The McConkey’s dreamed about building a container house and tasked us with designing an environmentally sensitive home utilizing three shipping containers. The initial inspiration behind their dream was a photo in some literature for a ceramic paint being used on container homes in Europe. The 800 SF house is among the first shipping container residences in San Diego County. Because the area is prone to wildfires, special flame retardant materials were used for the windows and roof. The kitchen has an open-plan where a garage door can be retracted to take advantage of the balmy California climate and bring the outdoors in. The flooring, doors, and bathroom vanity were sourced from the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Palisade Garden Condos
Ito Girard & Associates

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2007

Located on the former site of a historic roller rink, Palisade Gardens is situated at the western gateway to North Park in San Diego. After demolishing the roller rink in the late 1980’s, a five story apartment building was constructed in its place. North Park was a lesser desired area in San Diego for many years after its construction and the building was never cared for. In 2004 the building was purchased amidst a booming economy and a blossoming period for North Park. As a result, the building was converted to “Palisade Gardens,” which now stands as a focal point at that western gateway. Both the name and its prominent marquis sign were borrowed from its roller rink predecessor and relate back to a former cultural boom time for the North Park area.

Garrick Oliver
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Parberry residence
Risë and Gary Parberry

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2011

Her sanctuary floats above. The farmer plays with water, needs light, and brings sustenance to the earth, adding texture, meaning and life to the ground. He is grounded and his study is indoors and outdoors, always connected to the earth. His workroom anchors her fleeting thought. The kitchen is the artist’s extended studio, where performance and service rises with the aroma of home baked/cooked meals. They create apart and relish in their independence. They will meet in the garden, where the artist connects back to the earth and the farmer takes a step off. They will fly and they will land, and they will always dance. Their meeting place is a special place for hellos, goodbyes, conversation and exchange of ideas and emotion. Those welcomed in will enter on soft ground and all senses will be activated. A meandering pathway is simple yet special. It is a living breathing gallery of their art of family.

Kevin Walsh Photography
US NPS Spanagel and root hall
NAVFAC

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA • 2008

In 2008 we were contracted to provide architectural services for the renovation of Spanagel Hall and Root Hall at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey. The project entails the modernization of over 120,000 square feet of science and research classroom spaces. Both buildings were designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in the early 1950’s and are now registered historic structures. We are working to integrate building and technology upgrades with the Navy’s educational requirements into the modernization of these historic structures.

Kevin Walsh Photography
US NPS Hermann and Halligan Hall
NAVFAC

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA • 2009

In 2009 we were contracted to provide architectural services for the renovation of Hermann Hall and Halligan Hall at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey. The project entails the modernization of over 120,000 square feet of science and research classroom spaces. Both buildings were designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in the early 1950’s and are now registered historic structures. We are working to integrate building and technology upgrades with the Navy’s educational requirements into the modernization of these historic structures.

Kevin Walsh Photography
BLM south dunes
Bureau of Land Management

ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA

This operations center designed to serve the South Dunes of Imperial County provides emergency medical services, law enforcement and administrative services to the Imperial Dunes users and consists of the main operations center, supporting garages for vehicle maintenance, storage and site work. The center contains a small visitor center, a full emergency operating room, offices and a small detention facility. The project was designed through a series of workshops with BLM staff, BLM Law Enforcement, BLM Emergency Medical Personnel, the California Highway Patrol, United States Border Patrol and local community groups.

Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
BLM El Mirage
Bureau of Land Management

ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA

This 3,000 square foot building is designed to serve as a fee collection and emergency services contact station, as well as a museum and interpretive center displaying items such as ultra-light Aircraft, land sailors, time trials racing vehicles and off-highway vehicles. The project also includes conference facilities and public restrooms. The visitor center will serve as a community touchstone for the many campers, drivers, off-highway vehicle enthusiasts and pilots that frequent the area.

Christopher Bittner
Individual experience with RNT Architects

Kevin Walsh Photography
Bacchus Wine Market

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2009

Located in the basement of the Pannikin Building in Downtown San Diego, Bacchus Wine Market was in need of a warmer and more welcoming appearance for the clientele that comes to taste, discuss and buy wine from around the world. The interior improvements included an expanded and remodeled tasting room, new sales counter and a remodeled entry stairway. An updated plan, paint colors, lighting and materials along with a heavy wood tasting bar that anchors the room provides a modern, yet rustic ambiance.

Kevin Walsh Photography
UPSITE-1 Barge
Pacific Tugboat Service

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Pacific Tugboat Service is an integral piece of the Port of San Diego daily operations, as well as a partner with the U.S. Navy through their varied maritime operations. In 2009 PTS asked obrARCHITECTURE to help create a vision of a new flexible training option for the military. The vision will merge PTS Deck Barges together with new Laser Shot Shoot House facilities to create the UPSITE-1. If constructed the UPSITE-1 will utilize a 165’ barge, on which a modular shoot house will be constructed. It can be easily docked alongside any commercial or military pier structure, and can just as easily be moved or modified to suit the ever changing needs of our United States Military.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Pacific Tugboat Service

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

In 2008, we were commissioned to provide design and project management services for the renovation of the Pacific Tugboat Service tenant improvements which include replacing the existing wood pier with a new concrete pier, the layout of a new parking lot and design of a new perimeter fence with a public art component. The project is investigating alternative fueling practices, operating costs and environmental impacts in order to improve the conditions for the local community as well as the user. The public art piece will be built of steel and wood, recycled from the existing pier planks.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Influx Cafe

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2002

Christopher Bittner was the Architect for the design of this 1,700 square foot café and bakery in Golden Hill. The project included storefront design, renovation of the historic building facades, a full bakery kitchen and a sidewalk café design.

Kevin Walsh Photography
El Take It Easy
Jay Porter

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2010

This 'gastro-cantina' is located in the old Apertivo space on 30th Street in North Park. There is a rough, yet sexy and modern quality to the space that features an internally lit front entrance wall that is constructed of recycled poly-carbonate panels and the ceiling joists that were removed from the existing ceiling. El Take It Easy’s dining room features a wandering concrete bar evoking the remnants of the original storefront facade, which are still extant in front of the building. The bar juts through the space at differing heights and angles, promoting conversation between patrons, as every bar seat either faces another patron or is angled in a way that allows for easy conversation. The dropped ceiling and plaster walls were removed to expose the structure of the building and expose the original 1950’s brickwork, making the dining room come alive. As a whole, the project celebrates using hand crafted, imperfect materials to create a comfortable, yet upscale space.

Kevin Walsh Photography
The Linkery
Jay Porter

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2011

The remodel of The Linkery involved a complete revamping of the restaurant’s image. Where previously the inner workings of the kitchen were on display to customers, the new ‘stealth kitchen’ wraps the kitchen and server areas in MDF panels painted with chalkboard paint. This simultaneously provides a better scale to the entire restaurant and provides ample space for written menus. The entire focus of the dining room was shifted to allow the dining room and bar area to feel more connected. The entire lighting and color scheme were also completely revised bringing a much more upscale feeling to the restaurant. The construction was completed in only three days, closing the restaurant on a Sunday night and re-opening with a new restaurant on Thursday.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Saiko Sushi

CORONADO, CALIFORNIA • 2011
NORTH PARK, CALIFORNIA • 2014

Saiko Sushi is designed to be a fun, upscale space that focuses on the working of the sushi chefs. Using traditional Japanese construction materials of wood and concrete in a modern way on the sushi bar brings a hint of playfulness to the space. The bright white of the sushi preparation area stands out in stark contrast to the deep red color of the rest of the space. Cutouts in the rear wall of the sushi bar area expose the original block wall and will become highlight areas for sake bottle displays.

We also worked with the owners of Saiko Sushi to design their second restaurant in North Park with the goal of becoming San Diego’s premier craft sake purveyor. The design includes a full hot kitchen along with a four station sushi bar and craft sake bar. A circular suspended bamboo soffit hangs over the communal table and pays homage to the hangiri bowl, a traditional Japanese bowl used to prepare rice for sushi.

Kevin Walsh Photography
SOL Markets
SOL Markets

POINT LOMA, CALIFORNIA • 2011

SOL Markets recently hired us to design the transformation of an existing historic fire station into SOL Markets first retail space. Because SOL’s purpose is to bring local, farm fresh produce from farm to consumer, the design is focused on bringing the farmers market aesthetic to an enclosed space, transforming the fire station into a barn-like setting with exposed wood, metals and raw materials. The retail space will include an indoor/outdoor market, a full bar and demonstration kitchen/cafe to sell and showcase local, organic foods, craft beer and wine.

Kevin Walsh Photography
IDW Publishing Headquarters
IDW Publishing

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2015

Given the nature of IDW Publishing’s comic artist work, the design draws inspiration from comic strip layouts using frames and lines of sight to focus one’s attention on the high-energy, collaborative spaces. The design aims to create a playful environment for both visitors of the museum as well as employees, through abstracted comic book character references​, color and scale. The museum area is focused around two artist studios where visitors can peer through strategically placed windows as artists work through the creative process of bringing characters and comic books to life. IDW Publishing will not only serve as a large creative entity anchoring the arts and culture district at the Naval Training Center but will also be a destination point, drawing large crowds and international visitors during events like Comic-Con and artist signings.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Oceanside Marina Suites

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA • 2015

The design objective for Oceanside Marina Suites was to bring a fresh, new, waterfront feel to the peninsula hotel. Elements such as reclaimed wood, blue acrylic panels and raw steel were introduced, which all are found in, or relate to the surrounding environment. We also removed the old wood railings and replaced them with glass, dramatically increasing the access to ocean views from the public spaces. The result of these changes is a hotel that feels light and relaxing, while merging with its locale.

Kevin Walsh Photography
One Door North
Fred and Tammy Piehl

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2016

Owners of one of the most beloved bistros in North Park, The Smoking Goat, Fred and Tammy Peihl asked obrARCHITECTURE to help with the design of the new 5,000 SF, two-story restaurant. One Door North shares a wall with The Smoking Goat and the concept focuses on bringing the great outdoors indoors. The restaurant is broken up into three distinct areas: the street-facing section with banquettes, the main central bar and the back section with tents. The back of the restaurant is covered with floor-to-ceiling forest imagery and lined with camp-style canvas tents and semi-private 11-foot dining booths. Themes taken from the mountains, coasts and lakes the Piehl family has traveled to is incorporated into the walls and the tables, which are all hand-carved, live-edge wood from a sustainability logged forest in Wisconsin. In working with us, the Piehls wanted to be sure that the architectural language of the space reflected the culinary experience that they intended to create.

Robert Benson Photography
Dowsing Residence
Richard and Fia Dowsing

ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

The Dowsings sought OBR's help to design a new accessory unit at their Encinitas Residence that featured a contemporary aesthetic that reflected Mr. Dowsing's background and interests while also creating a sense of peering through the canopy and being aloft in the trees.  The unit's garage bays were designed to showcase Mr. Dowsing's private car collection with large steel and glass doors while the accessory unit's material palette was chosen to reflect his native New Zealand.  The wood slats reflect the temperate forests while the use of stone in the form of gabion walls reflect the rugged mountain ranges prevalent in New Zealand.  Living in Southern California for many years, the Dowsings have come to know the importance of water scarcity and conservation which is why the design team sought the help of Schmidt Design Group to develop an integrated drought tolerant landscape plan that not only minimized water consumption, but mirrored the geometries of the building. This arid garden would be flexible enough to serve as contemplative space or host small parties.

BOTTLECRAFT LITTLE ITALY

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2014

Bottlecraft Little Italy is the second bottle shop obrARCHITECTURE created for owner, Brian Jensen, in a new mixed-use development in Little Italy. obrARCHITECTURE designed the interior around a centrally located coldbox and tasting mezzanine. A floor to ceiling palette wall gives glimpses of patrons heading to and from the mezzanine. A new baltic birch bar-top wraps around the coldbox and new sectional roll-up doors adorn the front facade. The design also includes a sidewalk cafe enclosed with steel railings.

Kevin Walsh Photography
HESS BREWING OCEAN BEACH

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2015

Mike Hess asked obrARCHITECTURE to help design the new satellite tasting room to be launched after the massive success of the original nano brewery in Miramar and production facility and tasting room in North Park. Mike wanted to expand into the beach community and contribute to the existing beer culture of Ocean Beach. The location is an 17,000 SF corner space on a busy four-way stop of the neighborhood’s up and coming north end. The design included a complete interior build-out with intentions of bringing in light by incorporating roll-up doors. Contributing to the eclectic nature the neighborhood, the tasting room is filled with a mixture of seating options, including picnic benches, high-top tables and drink rails.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Pennell Residence
Robert and Jennifer Pennell

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2015

The Pennells visualized an intimate home that is connected and open while taking in the amazing views of Sunset Cliffs. obrARCHITECTURE brought their vision to life by redoing the entire internal footprint and creating an open kitchen, living and dining space connecting to the backyard and adding a large deck to take in the ocean view. The property is transformed from 1,423 SF to a 2,340 SF four bedroom four bath home by adding a master bedroom and bathroom to the back of the house. A sense of harmony and balance is brought into the new home with skylights, tall windows, wall cutouts, sliding patio doors, and half-wall showers in the bathrooms for more open, airy, naturally lit spaces that flow seamlessly into one another. The new home is also connected to fond memories of their old house by using the same cedar wood lines in the kitchen island and closet of the master bedroom.

Kevin Walsh Photography
PASSONS RESIDENCE
Omar and Erin Passons

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2015

The Passons love being engaged with their community so it was more than fitting for them to reflect that through their home. They fell in love with and purchased a 1921 Craftsman style home on a corner lot in North Park but it was lacking the modern living spaces they desired. After interviewing many architects, they connected the most with Christopher Bittner of obrARCHITECTURE who believes that a home can only be designed by understanding the lifestyle it is intended to compliment. The house had nice touches but was too compartmentalized with all the rooms being closed off from each other. To embody openness, the center wall and fireplace that divided the kitchen and living room were removed and a more unified living space was created by adding an expansive kitchen island and open shelving. The second bedroom was turned into a home office that opens into the living area with bi-fold doors to convert the office into a guest bedroom. Floor to ceiling bi-fold doors also opens up the living room into a new exterior sunset-facing deck with wraparound benches. The most welcoming addition is the beer bar off the kitchen with a roll up door, bar stools and taps featuring local craft beers to reflect Omar’s passion for craft brewing.

Kevin Walsh Photography
SAN DIEGO ZOO ENTRY

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2016

To celebrate 100 years, the San Diego Zoo hired obrARCHITECTURE to help revamp the Entry Trellis at the main entrance. The renovation included a new 3,500 SF steel and wood trellis over existing ticket booths as well as the construction of an additional ticket booth along with site work and landscaping. The new Entry Trellis greets thousands of visitors everyday and is most often the first photo opportunity of the visit. The sloping trellis was meant to focus visitors’ views to the interior of the zoo and clearly denote the entrance of the park. Also part of the centennial renovation is the public restroom facility at the Entry Plaza. obrARCHITECTURE designed a new 450 SF masonry building along with site work and new landscaping. Not only is the restroom utilized by thousands of San Diego Zoo visitors every day, it is also shared with the neighboring Balboa Park.

Kevin Walsh Photography
LIBERTY STATION – ARTS DISTRICT – LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2016

Liberty Public Market, San Diego’s first food hall, is a 25,000 SF space in San Diego’s Liberty Station neighborhood that brings together nearly 30 local artisans and retailers. The different local vendors prepare foods, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, fresh produce and seafood, desserts and pastries, pastas and also spaces for arts and crafts, a test kitchen, pop up diners and education driven events. obrARCHITECTURE helped to transform the space from a commissary and reflection garden to a 21st century hub for culinary innovation. The space is filled with handcrafted signs hanging from the exposed beam ceilings and large industrial-inspired lights along the hallways. Liberty Public Market also provides visitors a gathering place to wonder and view original hand painted murals illustrating a timeline of U.S. Naval history. A Mess Hall, full-service in-market restaurant, neighbors the array of vendors and was once where Naval recruits enjoyed their meals. Right outside is a 3,000 SF dog-friendly patio space decorated with olive trees, moveable Adirondack chairs and casual picnic tables.

Kevin Walsh Photography
LIBERTY STATION – ARTS DISTRICT - OUTDOOR LIVING ROOMS

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2016

obrARCHITECTURE helped to evoke socialization and a sense of comfort through filling large open public spaces with Outdoor Living Rooms with the intent to promote further activation in the burgeoning neighborhood. The outdoor living spaces are conceptualized around the needs and desires of the neighborhood and occur throughout the storied corridors and airy waterfront parks while blending seamlessly against the backdrop of Spanish Revival-style architecture from the early twentieth century. Design elements include spaces and elements intended to connect with the rich history and sense of place, like furniture made by local artisans within the neighborhood. Poured in place concrete benches with reclaimed scaffolding wood are set in regular formal patterns suggesting rows of soldiers at attention ready to begin their training in the parade grounds. Wood patios with benches and chairs are docked alongside each other to imitate piers. An interactive art element where people are encouraged to walk in, sit down and enjoy is the USS Brave, a 30-foot whaleboat anchored in the sand as a tribute to the military heritage of the former Naval Training Center. A round fire pit is placed in the center of an oversized spherical bench-style seating area to allow separate groups to meet and converse around in a campfire-inspired setting.

Kevin Walsh Photography
LIBERTY STATION – ARTS DISTRICT

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2016

After two decades of redevelopment, Liberty Station has emerged from its naval past into a thriving neighborhood filled with life and culture. The waterfront urban neighborhood boasts a collection of locally-based shops, restaurants, entertainment, cultural activities, and acres of public parks & gardens. The Arts District, a 100-acre section at the northern end of Liberty Station, is comprised of restored 1920’s Spanish Colonial Revival style barracks, officers’ quarters, commissary stations, command center and grounds. The design process has aimed to preserve the original glory of Naval Training Center San Diego while modernizing the facility to encourage interaction, discovery, and connection. The Arts District is home to various shops, art & dance studios, event centers, a publishing house, and restaurants – all of which obrARCHITECTURE has served as the Architect of Record - that encourage visitors to journey through the historic network of arched walkways, intricate facades, and gardens. obrARCHITECTURE has been transforming the pedestrian visitor experience by creating thoughtful exterior interventions with new landscaping, dining decks and shade shelters. Visitors of Liberty Station can experience a sense of relaxation, conversation and play with grand entry plazas, outdoor living rooms, gathering and gaming spaces that have also been incorporated. The simple shade trellis structures are inspired by the temporary tent structures used during raining operations and plant material is designed in formal structure masses, layering colors and textures that bring color and interest into the spaces year round.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Bean Bar

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2014

The Bean Bar is a new 1,100 square foot coffee shop located in the East Village directly across from the new Central Library. The scope of work for this project included a coffee service layout, interior design and sidewalk cafe design. The design centers around using warm, natural materials which includes wood counter tops, a recycled wood accent wall with vintage marquee lighting and concrete floors to create an inviting, comfortable space for the community to connect over coffee. The bar functions in a way that allows for the baristas to interact with the customers from the time they place their order to when they finish their last sip of their delicious drink.

Kevin Walsh Photography
Iftin Charter School
SDUSD Student Services

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

Located in the El Cerritos community of San Diego, near the corner of 54th St. and El Cajon Blvd., Iftin Charter School and SDUSD's Student Services program share a 6.5 acre site at the former Jackson Elementary School campus. This site has several constraints such as that it is 'L'-shaped and has a very active commercial property adjacent to the Iftin campus as well as a below-average amount of street frontage. Overcoming such challenges was only achieved with the continuous dialogue between both end-user parties. Each group's requirements were addressed and implemented in the campus' design in addition to paying attention to the site's inherent characteristics of solar exposure, prevalent winds, site elevation change, and location atop a hill with views to the South and West. The design concept driving the project was the sense of "discovery". A young student's discovery of the buildings' color, form, and diverse material as well as the progression through the site, add up to having the student's mind work to understand all the information rushing through their mind. As the student grows and advances in grades, the discovery that s/he encounters are grander, beyond the obvious colors and shapes that identify the buildings, but a connection of a mathematical sequence to a building element or understanding a concept through a connection made by a line of sight across the campus. Each program's part of the site, adheres to their campus' needs and is scaled appropriately. Both offer play areas and outdoor instructional learning opportunities.

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