Located one block east of the entrance to Dog Beach in the eclectic neighborhood of Ocean Beach, San Diego sits Three on Abbott. A multi-family project that stands tall and settled in its contrasted surroundings. Although, often referred to as the war zone, having it’s own Air Force (a flock of feral amazonian parrots), this part of OB personifies the free spirited, activist minded patchwork of people and places one would expect to find in a work of fiction.
Three on Abbott is an architectural thesis, turned brick and mortar by time saving prefab construction. The design of the three separate structures is an honest/diagrammatic representation of the agressive environmental and political constraints set forth by a milieu of zoning requirements and limitations. The exterior elevations accommodate forces from all sides. A coastal height limit, flood plain, double setbacks and overlays minimize allowable square footage. At only 835 sqft each, they pack a lot of bang for their buck. The designers set out to accommodate a multi-generational tiny home layout. If one could cut the orthogonal contrasting color block exteriors in section, it would reveal a simple split level plan allowing for volume, light and air to dominate. The carefully placed openings in each unit unapologetically claim expansive proprietary views while still maximizing privacy between each residence.
Although the exteriors contrast the older architecture of the neighborhood in both material and shape, the interiors embrace and elevate the humble bohemian vibe you might find in any thoughtfully lived Ocean Beach residence. Jane Gawronski, former OB community planning board President, said, “the project is a shinning example of the modern day Ocean Beach cottage.” The project exemplifies the goal of creating a series of utilitarian bungalows that prioritize outdoor living and activity with a minimal footprint while providing everything needed in a home in this idilic location. No houses were demoed or harmed in the process of this development :)
SIDEYARD: Designer, Fabricator
R+S TAVARES & ASSOCIATES: Engineering, Modular Entitlements Specialists, Builder
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Three fee simple homes a block from the beach.
View from Abbott St. West Elevation