The vision for this project was to create a community based around modern, urban living within Santa Ana – Orange County, California’s largest city. The project borders residential and commercial districts and with zoning for retail and/or office on the ground level of each unit, embodies both activities. As such, it is a new paradigm that is creating a denser and more urbane environment.
The 125,000-square-foot project is part of a large-scale mixed-use development that includes pure retail and residential adjacent. The Lofts at City Place define an urban landscape with live/work lofts that form a sweeping crescent in plan, reinforcing and pooling the energy of the street-level retail activity.
The units have two widths (19 and 14 feet) and form a multitude of plans. The units range from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. The design utilizes multiple configurations in six primary “blocks” that front the commercial and retail zones. Blocks are further broken down into small sizes, ranging from six to 18 units, totaling 74 multi-story dwellings.
The design also emphasizes natural light through a variety of architectural detailing and indoor-outdoor access, including two-story glazed roll-up sectional doors on the second floor which is the primary living floor above retail.
Location: Santa Ana, California, USA
Architect: Ehrlich Architects
General Contractor: American Constructors
Developer: Bisno Development
Landscape Architect: SWA Group
Project Area: 125 000 sqf
Photographers: Will Hare and Turville Photography
2008 SCDF Awards