Located at 1144 Marsh Street in San Luis Obispo, this building is a mixed-use urban infill project with two levels of underground parking, retail spaces on the ground level, and three floors of apartments. The apartment levels have floor to ceiling glazing for maximum natural daylight and are wrapped in a sculpted system of deep horizontal louvers. These louvers are pinched and separated in elevation to expose the storefront areas and provide privacy to the tenants, while diffusing direct sunlight.
The interior of the building is a void which serves as a circulation zone, a means to separate public and private areas, and a vehicle for bringing in natural light into the north facing apartments. The project involved the production of several study models to develop the louvers and void as an interior and exterior skin to the apartment levels.