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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

4th and Maple Apartments

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • 2014

This project entails a new mixed use apartment development located in the Banker's Hill neighborhood of San Diego. Situated on an urban site, the development includes commercial space fronting the street, a parking garage and four levels of residential. The driving force behind the design is based on the concept of wingtip vortices, a phenomenon that sweeps through the Banker's Hill neighborhood as planes take off resulting in circular patterns of air whipping through the streets. This concept is abstracted into the overall form in what appears to be a force that has bisected the building, splitting the residential portion into two "towers". The courtyard is focused around movement and interaction between residents with sculptural elements weaving through the turbulent-like landscape. The project is comprised of thirty-four apartments consisting of studios, one, two and three bedroom units with balconies and views of downtown San Diego.​

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.

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.

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.

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.

Willie James Jones Apartments • 2013

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Olivenhain Municipal Water District - 4S Ranch
Olivenhain Municipal Water District

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

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.

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

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

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

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
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

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

SIO Eckart Library Renovation
UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

This project is a 9,000 SF renovation within the existing Eckart Library Building at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). The design aims to become a permanent installation of sort - a multi layered dialogue of overlays in physical and conceptual form. We are drawing from the local vernacular found at SIO of weathering wood cladding and concrete form patterns. We are also drawing from the Strata of the site, as well as the Strata within the research conducted at SIO. Finally, we are working within a Microcosm of the Library of today. Our end users are utilizing state of the art information technology gathering and distribution systems, while they are being housed in a building originally built for a book based library.

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
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.

McConkey Residence

TUCSON, ARIZONA • CURRENT

Home is a welcome anchor. A place that is always there - warm, safe and personal. Shipping containers - steel, mass produced and cold. The desert - beautiful, challenging and harsh. This project embraces dichotomy and reflects a lifestyle that can be a struggle but more rewarding than most. The massing and shifting of the containers is meant to reflect the transitory nature of the shipping containers, frozen in a moment when the family is reunited at home. The large glass living room and roll-up door invite the desert to enjoy the interior of the home and share it with the family, while the exaggerated roof works tirelessly to shield and protect the home and its family.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Saiko Sushi

CORONADO, CALIFORNIA • 2011

Saiko Sushi was designed to be a fun, upscale space that focused 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. The opposite wall is dominated by an art piece that is lit from the top of the banquet. Cutouts in the rear wall of the sushi bar area expose the original block wall and will become highlight areas for saki bottle displays.

SOL Markets
SOL Markets

POINT LOMA, CALIFORNIA • CURRENT

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.

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