Makers Quarter breaks ground on BNIM-designed block D


A new block designed by architecture and design firm BNIM for Makers Quarter in downtown East Village of San Diego, US, has broken ground.

While Makers Quarter is a six-block work, live, play neighbourhood, its new block D is a one million square feet six-storey office hub with retail and restaurant space on the ground floor.

BNIM focused on creating a new office space by pulling service core and amenities to one side, allowing flexible spaces, cross ventilation, daylight and views.

The new building will have a concrete frame to enable exposure to thermal mass for optimum comfort.

The structure will also feature operable windows and garage doors to allow fresh air, a motorised screen on the south and west facades, and additional screen panels.

BNIM principal and lead architect Matthew Porreca said: "At Makers Quarter, we sought to tap the creative energy of this place.

"It will accelerate the recognition of the city as a tech centre, spurring economic development through urban revitalisation."

"The character of what's taking shape here will appeal to the young and the entrepreneurial. It will accelerate the recognition of the city as a tech centre, spurring economic development through urban revitalisation."

Makers Quarter is being developed by Lankford and Associates, HP Investors and Hensel Phelps (L2HP), while the first phase of its construction commenced last year.

Urban planner Stacey Pennington said: "By intertwining public realm and open space, they've helped us to create an environment that appeals competitively to prospective tenants and our ethos of future workplace."

Currently, the district includes SILO, SMARTS Farm, FabLab San Diego, Urban Discovery Academy and Fuse Integration.


Image: 15th St Rendering. Photo: courtesy of BNIM.