Commencing in 2009, DBRDS (rather ‘funkitecture studio’ as we were called back then) assisted clients in La Jolla entitle a 7-unit development called ‘Altair’ on the corner of Neptune Place, Playa Del Sur & Vista Del Mar Avenue opposite Windansea Beach, CA. While most multi-family projects in this notorious neighborhood are halted by community challenge & angst, Altair’s approval was relatively smooth & achieved unanimous approval at every level including La Jolla Community Development Review Committee, the La Jolla Community […]
As he sat across the water from his 1965 design Frederick J. Smith House, Darien Connecticut, I wonder if Richard Meier knew just how damn cool he looked. Poised, serious, becoming a master with each new project…all while rocking a turtle-neck. It’s fair to say that we here at DBRDS are complete student’s of his work. You legend, Mr. Meier.
On ‘Parking Day 2013′, as we set up all day in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego, our goo friend Jon Tiffin dropped by & captured this superb photo of the ‘Dicks Last Resort’ mascot ‘Dick’ perched on the sidewalk watching us. Equal parts creepy & cool…only at Dicks. Cheers Jon. © Jon Tiffin Photography
I’ve never seen any City re-created like this, but through my research on New York for a project, I came across an article by Komal Sharma on Metropolis Magazine which presented a spectacular sculpture called ‘Little Manhattan’ by Yutaka Sone in which he has crafted out of a single piece of marble an amazing replica of the entire City. This beautiful art piece plays with both scale & perception as I find myself scanning back & forth between the detail of the miniature city-scape & the […]
In early 2013 a client came to us with another ‘flip’ home project which was one of the more interesting ones we have worked on in San Diego. The project had been poorly maintained & abandoned mid-way through some alterations & additions. The original house was a dilapidated 2 bedroom cottage built in a simple, toned-down Art Deco style with an incomplete 2-story addition to the rear. The back yard was a beautiful but weed-ridden valley. However, the incomplete addition had […]
I just found this photo from a night when Craig, Ivana, Perriann & myself spent hours putting together these 30″ tall 3-D letter for the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s 2012 Orchids & Onions stage props. I remember thinking that with the light coming through the shapes of the letters that it was creating an interesting series of shadows & spaces through the voids. Good times…
In early 2012, one of our client’s purchased an abandoned commercial property in Mission Valley with incomplete foundations and grading for a previously approved office building. The linear proportioned site, located to the north of the I-8 and perched on the foothills of the canyons has a nice elevated view north across Mission Valley and great exposure from the freeway below. The 1.53 acre site had previously been approved for a 2 story, 8,350sqft office building with on-grade parking. However, […]