Santurce, Puerto Rico (2006)
Winner: 2003 Puerto Rico Department of Housing Competition
This project includes 31,800 SF of retail space with 200 units of market-rate housing comprised of townhouses and flats.
Arranged around courtyards over parking one and two bedroom units either look into the courtyard or Santurce’s main civic through-fare. The project faces on two distinctly different boulevards:
The upscale and recently gentrified Ponce de Leon Avenue on the north side of the development, has a separate entrance and program as the still waiting for investment, south facing Fernandos Juncos Avenue.
The primary pedestrian entrance on Ponce de Leon leads directly up to the residential courtyard level where townhouses over flats are arranged to create smaller, cloistered courts for play and relaxation.
Units located on Fernandos Juncos are a combination of live/work “loft” units with double height spaces and floor to ceiling industrial-sash windows. Above the lofts are a more traditional mix of apartments are along single loaded corridors permitting cross ventilation. Covered parking is provided for over 400 cars.