A reimagination of concrete and glass revamps a midcentury La Jolla classic.
When transforming a mid-century business building in La Jolla into luxury condominiums with an asking price of $10.1 million, AVRP Studios principal Doug Austin knew large expanses of glass were imperative to raising the 50-year-old building’s social status.
The longtime San Diego architect, whose high-profile projects include Petco Park, wanted to preserve the building’s original design but bring the structure “into the 21st century” by using huge glass and hardware which were not available when the building was constructed in 1967 as the Prospect Center.
“That was one of our key goals: minimizing the amount of obstruction to views with big expanses of glass and thinner mullions.” Doug Austin, AVRP Studios
“We wanted to bring the outdoors inside,” Austin says. “That was one of our key goals: minimizing the amount of obstruction to views with big expanses of glass and thinner mullions, which you didn’t have 50 years ago.”
With their large panel sizes, narrow sightlines, and highly customizable configurations, the window walls provide panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Prospect Street, La Jolla Village, and Mount Soledad. “We knew the goal was to do something special with Muse,” Austin says. “I mean, it’s 400 feet away from one of the most gorgeous ocean views on the West Coast.”
Relating to the Series 600 Multi-Slide Door, Austin cites a slim profile, easy operating system, and three- to five-panel configurations (creating up to an 80-foot opening) depending on the unit. “They’re pretty cool,” he says. “The product met our design goals, and I was happy to get more floor-to-ceiling glass with them and more flexibility with the operable sash.”
“I was happy to get more floor-to-ceiling glass and more flexibility with the operable sash.” Doug Austin, AVRP Studios
Coupled with 10- to 12-foot ceilings and open floor plans, the huge walls of glass in the units allow tons of Southern California sunshine and cool Pacific Ocean breezes to course through the penthouse condos. Additional features include smart-home appliances, marble countertops, steam showers, walk-in wine coolers, and a 24-hour concierge service.
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