There’s something almost comforting about the neat geometry that makes up Front Street Homes, a collection of three, four-story attached units that overlook the city and bay of San Diego. The series of rectangles and squares repeated in the ground-floor garages, upper-level balconies, and long, angled overhangs give these three homes a real sense of simple, straightforward form.

The infill project, built on a 50-by-100-foot lot, offers a calming influence in an area where there’s a lot going on. The site plan shows two, two-story buildings in front of the project; a two-story building and a one-story shed behind it; and a one-story building to the east. On the western side, a landscaped motor court opens onto Front Street itself.

Each home, with approximately 1,900 square feet, features a two-car garage and entry at level one with a circulation stair leading up to level two (with two bedrooms and a hall bath), level three (an open living/dining/kitchen area), and level four (master suite with terrace). The contemporary design, executed by H2A—Hawkins & Hawkins Architects, keeps things crisp with white stucco massing, Rheinzink metal siding, frosted-glass garage doors, and aluminum-framed windows and doors. The floor-to-ceiling windows on the third level are directed to capture the city and bay views while providing daylight and solar comfort. The deep overhangs provide shade control and directional form.

The judges called Front Street Homes “a very creative setup that redefines what’s possible on a 50-by-100-foot lot ... the homes step forward rather than stacking vertically to eliminate the box feel and preserve views of the city and bay for each unit.”

Award: Grand for attached housing project (for sale), under 18 units/acre
Builder: Segni Construction, El Cajon, Calif.
Developer: Globalrod, San Diego
Architect: H2A—Hawkins & Hawkins Architects, San Diego

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