Pacific Gate
San Diego, CA
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PROJECT LEADER
Bradley Nelson
COMPLETION DATE
June 1, 2018
CLIENT
Kohn Pederson Fox, Chris Dikeakos Architects
PROJECT TYPE
Residential

This mixed-use development is a 41-story apartment tower with a four-story retail and restaurant podium. The building features a pool deck, spa, and fitness center on level 4 and an amenity deck at the roof. A three-story podium linking the development's south side houses double-height commercial spaces on the ground level and residential units and amenity spaces on the floors above. The public plaza along Broadway consists of landscape features, such as a water jet fountain and reflecting pool.  Our in-house lighting studio, StudioK1, provided lighting design. The project won an IES Award of Merit for Exterior Lighting Design.

The vision for Pacific Gate was to indulge residents in an upscale lifestyle with both oceanfront and urban offerings. Lighting the project's residential portion was executed with hospitality-like refinement, while the exterior podium and retail plaza engaged the vibrant downtown setting. High-end finish selections provide the elevated aesthetic but also tie the building to its core ocean-inspired concepts. The light "stripe" delineates the ellipsoidal building form, effectively redefining the San Diego skyline.

The lighting composition reinforces the curved building inspired by sea waves and interlocking arcs of a seashell. The golden earth-toned curved wall at the porte-cochère is highlighted from underwater accents drawing visitors into the lobby where the undulating curved glass walls are grazed to simulate waves. The concave wood-paneled walls on the opposite side are softly uplit by inground recessed luminaires – the walls metal trim catching this subtle illumination creating balance in the space. Brass circles embedded in the terrazzo floor mirror three large interlocking rings of light draw eyes to the high ceiling. Miniature downlights discretely provide ambient illumination throughout the lobby. Various lighting techniques tastefully highlight the elegant natural finish selections that make the project rich with textures and colors from the exterior through the lobby and amenities.

The budget was a major concern for the client – the project design being far from simple; the lighting team worked closely with the design-build contractor, the owner, and the architect. By procuring value-engineered alternatives and improvising on installation ultimately lowered costs and maintained the effects. The façade's soon-to-be iconic stripe is an evolutionary fruit of this collaboration, starting as an architectural story, turning into a custom metal detail by the window contractor. Corridor lighting is another result of this effort: the intent was to indirectly illuminate the residential corridors by washing the core walls instead of traditional downlighting. The cost of perimeter lighting on all 41 levels was virtually prohibitive. However, using a value-engineered surface luminaire installed in a cost-effectively built architectural ceiling slot, we achieved the desired results with almost 50% savings.

The 41-story glass tower is more than just a visual marvel on the waterfront. The building is an enormous architectural mass on San Diego's Pacific Coast Highway. With such size comes much responsibility to neighbors and the environment. We finely selected the architectural lighting to minimize impacts on both city and neighboring natural habitats. The building's lighting is controlled through a central dimming system allowing for programs to lessen the nighttime effects. This includes the stripe along the architectural edges, which can dim variably along its length to avoid impacting neighboring San Diego Airport residents.

PROJECT TEAM:
Bradley Nelson
Salwa Osman
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Brad Nelson
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PROJECT LEADER
Bradley Nelson
COMPLETION DATE
June 1, 2018
CLIENT
Kohn Pederson Fox, Chris Dikeakos Architects
PROJECT TYPE
Residential

This mixed-use development is a 41-story apartment tower with a four-story retail and restaurant podium. The building features a pool deck, spa, and fitness center on level 4 and an amenity deck at the roof. A three-story podium linking the development's south side houses double-height commercial spaces on the ground level and residential units and amenity spaces on the floors above. The public plaza along Broadway consists of landscape features, such as a water jet fountain and reflecting pool.  Our in-house lighting studio, StudioK1, provided lighting design. The project won an IES Award of Merit for Exterior Lighting Design.

The vision for Pacific Gate was to indulge residents in an upscale lifestyle with both oceanfront and urban offerings. Lighting the project's residential portion was executed with hospitality-like refinement, while the exterior podium and retail plaza engaged the vibrant downtown setting. High-end finish selections provide the elevated aesthetic but also tie the building to its core ocean-inspired concepts. The light "stripe" delineates the ellipsoidal building form, effectively redefining the San Diego skyline.

The lighting composition reinforces the curved building inspired by sea waves and interlocking arcs of a seashell. The golden earth-toned curved wall at the porte-cochère is highlighted from underwater accents drawing visitors into the lobby where the undulating curved glass walls are grazed to simulate waves. The concave wood-paneled walls on the opposite side are softly uplit by inground recessed luminaires – the walls metal trim catching this subtle illumination creating balance in the space. Brass circles embedded in the terrazzo floor mirror three large interlocking rings of light draw eyes to the high ceiling. Miniature downlights discretely provide ambient illumination throughout the lobby. Various lighting techniques tastefully highlight the elegant natural finish selections that make the project rich with textures and colors from the exterior through the lobby and amenities.

The budget was a major concern for the client – the project design being far from simple; the lighting team worked closely with the design-build contractor, the owner, and the architect. By procuring value-engineered alternatives and improvising on installation ultimately lowered costs and maintained the effects. The façade's soon-to-be iconic stripe is an evolutionary fruit of this collaboration, starting as an architectural story, turning into a custom metal detail by the window contractor. Corridor lighting is another result of this effort: the intent was to indirectly illuminate the residential corridors by washing the core walls instead of traditional downlighting. The cost of perimeter lighting on all 41 levels was virtually prohibitive. However, using a value-engineered surface luminaire installed in a cost-effectively built architectural ceiling slot, we achieved the desired results with almost 50% savings.

The 41-story glass tower is more than just a visual marvel on the waterfront. The building is an enormous architectural mass on San Diego's Pacific Coast Highway. With such size comes much responsibility to neighbors and the environment. We finely selected the architectural lighting to minimize impacts on both city and neighboring natural habitats. The building's lighting is controlled through a central dimming system allowing for programs to lessen the nighttime effects. This includes the stripe along the architectural edges, which can dim variably along its length to avoid impacting neighboring San Diego Airport residents.

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Brad Nelson
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Pacific Gate
San Diego, CA
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Pacific Gate
PROJECT LEADER
Bradley Nelson
COMPLETION DATE
June 1, 2018
CLIENT
Kohn Pederson Fox, Chris Dikeakos Architects
PROJECT TYPE
Residential

This mixed-use development is a 41-story apartment tower with a four-story retail and restaurant podium. The building features a pool deck, spa, and fitness center on level 4 and an amenity deck at the roof. A three-story podium linking the development's south side houses double-height commercial spaces on the ground level and residential units and amenity spaces on the floors above. The public plaza along Broadway consists of landscape features, such as a water jet fountain and reflecting pool.  Our in-house lighting studio, StudioK1, provided lighting design. The project won an IES Award of Merit for Exterior Lighting Design.

The vision for Pacific Gate was to indulge residents in an upscale lifestyle with both oceanfront and urban offerings. Lighting the project's residential portion was executed with hospitality-like refinement, while the exterior podium and retail plaza engaged the vibrant downtown setting. High-end finish selections provide the elevated aesthetic but also tie the building to its core ocean-inspired concepts. The light "stripe" delineates the ellipsoidal building form, effectively redefining the San Diego skyline.

The lighting composition reinforces the curved building inspired by sea waves and interlocking arcs of a seashell. The golden earth-toned curved wall at the porte-cochère is highlighted from underwater accents drawing visitors into the lobby where the undulating curved glass walls are grazed to simulate waves. The concave wood-paneled walls on the opposite side are softly uplit by inground recessed luminaires – the walls metal trim catching this subtle illumination creating balance in the space. Brass circles embedded in the terrazzo floor mirror three large interlocking rings of light draw eyes to the high ceiling. Miniature downlights discretely provide ambient illumination throughout the lobby. Various lighting techniques tastefully highlight the elegant natural finish selections that make the project rich with textures and colors from the exterior through the lobby and amenities.

The budget was a major concern for the client – the project design being far from simple; the lighting team worked closely with the design-build contractor, the owner, and the architect. By procuring value-engineered alternatives and improvising on installation ultimately lowered costs and maintained the effects. The façade's soon-to-be iconic stripe is an evolutionary fruit of this collaboration, starting as an architectural story, turning into a custom metal detail by the window contractor. Corridor lighting is another result of this effort: the intent was to indirectly illuminate the residential corridors by washing the core walls instead of traditional downlighting. The cost of perimeter lighting on all 41 levels was virtually prohibitive. However, using a value-engineered surface luminaire installed in a cost-effectively built architectural ceiling slot, we achieved the desired results with almost 50% savings.

The 41-story glass tower is more than just a visual marvel on the waterfront. The building is an enormous architectural mass on San Diego's Pacific Coast Highway. With such size comes much responsibility to neighbors and the environment. We finely selected the architectural lighting to minimize impacts on both city and neighboring natural habitats. The building's lighting is controlled through a central dimming system allowing for programs to lessen the nighttime effects. This includes the stripe along the architectural edges, which can dim variably along its length to avoid impacting neighboring San Diego Airport residents.

PROJECT TEAM:
Bradley Nelson
Salwa Osman
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