Two-level residence with 3 rooms | 2.5 bathrooms Approximate 1,870 square feet Double carport, elegant finishes Modern European-style kitchen 18 ″ x 18 ″ tiles Direct access from the living room to the patio area “Walk-in” closet in all rooms. Double sinks in master bathroom Solar “Laundry” heater in second level.
Our post-Hurricane Maria award-winning design for the CAAPPR and CIAPR, “Mi casa Resistente” competition continues to increase in relevance to Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery context. Low to moderate income families and elderly, need homes where they can flourish, feel safe and secure. As showcased in the PR College of Architects’ Competition, our house design is modular, maximizes the use of the lot, can be personalized by the owner, protected from high-winds and flooding, sustainably constructed, context-oriented, with areas for a carport, workshops, gardens, and importantly – economical. Because of its modular construction, this building can be built with minimally skilled labor making it more available to a broader range of family circumstances.
YSA lead the design team on this winning entry for the development of the Rio Bayamon Site. An expansive linear park is located along the long axis of the site. The design includes residential products: Townhouses, Garden Flats, Single Family, and ride-up apartments. A Cinema anchors a group of full-service restaurants and business hotel. At the East end of the site, a large Sports Complex features a regulation size soccer pitch.
Estancias is one of a long list of projects with this particular Client. These affordable single-family homes are designed with today’s Puerto Rico lifestyle in mind. The designs were targeted towards a low and mid $100,000 selling price, with a layout that provides large common living spaces that could later be extended into the rear patio. Natural light floods all the interiors of the simply formed models, and the material selection is contemporary
This development provides high-quality, affordable housing with supportive services. Because of the enclosed courtyards, the residents can feel safe to raise families, flourish, and feel proud of their living environment. At the same time by increasing the density of the existing site, both the downtown commercial businesses and new residents will benefit from each other’s presence
Young & de la Sota Architects and Interlink Group were selected in a design competition as the developer/ architect team for the Avenida Ponce de Leon 1800 site in Santurce, Puerto Rico, a 250,000-square-foot mixed-use development.
Gold Medal Award – This family housing development was the result of a participatory design process involving many residents of the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. A ‘street wall’ boulevard building wraps the corner of Mission and Chavez Streets, the main crossroads of the neighborhood. The ground floor contains a neighborhood adult school and childcare center designed to assist lower-income families to become economically self-sufficient and language proficient. Behind this front building are four courtyards in the center of the block surrounded by family townhomes stacked above accessible flats. Two of the courts are above the parking garage. This cluster of mid-block ‘cottages’ shapes a small village with play areas secure from the surrounding heavily-trafficked streets.
Bernal Gateway Apartments won the Maxwell Award in 2002 for its unique integration of permanently affordable apartments for families with low to extremely low incomes, on-site supportive services for residents, employment training and a child development center available to the public coupled with its innovative design created through an involved process of community participation. In 2006, the project was awarded first place in the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the supportive housing category, also for Bernal Gateway
Winning Design – This international competition was joined by a distinguished group of experienced developers and internationally known design firms. YSA lead an interdisciplinary team that included architects, coastal landscape architects, golf course architects, coastal engineers, energy conservation consultants, resort real estate consultants, community development economists. The extended 800-acre site is located adjacent to a protected UN biosphere habitat.
The design comprises four hotel properties with over 1,000 hotel rooms and condo villas, 860 residential units, 450 boat slips, 65,000 sq ft of commercial and exhibit space associated with an Ecorium, an interpretive center for the immediate aquatic and terrestrial environments. At the conclusion of the proposal evaluation process, the design and pro forma prepared by YSA was selected for development.
Villa del Norte, Rancho Cucamonga, California This project is situated on an 8.7-acre parcel adjacent to a large park, and directly across from a middle school. The homes are organized into clusters of six units that front onto an intimate courtyard. Each cluster also has a rear parking court providing access to each attached one-car garage, and to 6-8 covered parking spaces required by the city. Each unit has a front porch, fenced back patio, and balconies for the master bedroom. At least one YSA principal participated as supervising architect and/or senior designer while associated with the architect-of-record for this project.
Honorable Mention, Maxwell Award of Excellence 1997, Fannie Mae Foundation
Grand Award, Golden Nugget Award 1996, Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Award of Merit, 1996, East Bay AIA
Focus on Affordability Award, Builder Choice Award 1996, and Builder Magazine
San Antonio Terrace is designed for households with incomes ranging from 35% to 55% of the area median. All family dwellings are designed as townhomes, located in the more protected rear courtyards, with no more than 20 families per court. Smaller units for people without children, such as seniors and singles, are arranged as flats along corridors in a 4-story elevator-served building facing the main boulevard, East 14th Street. At least one YSA principal participated as supervising architect and/or senior designer while associated with the architect-of-record for this project.
Silver Medal, Rudy Bruner Urban Design Award 1997
Citation Award 1994, Progressive Architecture Magazine
Award – The California Dream House Competition was sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle in 1990, and ABC News, Channel 7. YSA won an award in the statewide competition with this concept home incorporating a large operable skylight located at the heart of the home between the kitchen and great room.