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2013: Rethinking… means mixing up big ideas

Architecture, by its nature, is a slow refinement of big ideas, finding new projects to give life to concepts and innovations. With world-class New York practice KPF (Kohn Pederson Fox) commissioned to develop the site at the southeast corner of Broadway and Pacific, there was a brilliant spatial opportunity. A chance to push downtown even further upward, to develop the density-first possibilities of this renewed part of the city.

Introducing Pacific Gate, its very name a salutation to the sea, and the trade that put this city on the map. Inheriting and developing Bosa’s pioneering ideas of residential podia, Pacific Gate rises from street-level homes and public retail up into the tower of living above. And the development’s landmark, oval form, a San Diego first, seems an echo of the ocean’s behavior.