Finalist: Best Low-Rise Apartment Community
Nominated by: TCA Architects
Location: Marina del Rey, Calif.
Developer: Greystar/Legacy Partners
Architect: TCA Architects
General Contractor: Johnstone Moyer
Interior Designer: Mannigan Design
Photographer: VI Photo Design
Project Website: Neptune Marina
Neptune Marina is inspired by the era of mid-century modern design, and aims to reflect the clean simplicity and integration with nature for which the mid-century style is known. The project is derived from an architectural expression of post and beam, with ample windows, open floor plans and desire to bring the outdoors in. The architecture presents a disciplined use of material that integrates texture, stone accents and natural color palette, with the addition of a modest, yet playful, splash of color. A conscious effort was made to synthesize vernacular tradition with a modern language to create architecture firmly rooted in its own place and time. Symbolic forms and icons are borrowed from the past, and re-arranged in striking new compositions. The site is located in an upscale Marina del Rey neighborhood, famed for its picturesque harbor views and home to the world’s largest manmade small craft harbor. Keeping the waterfront accessible to everyone to the greatest extent possible is of paramount importance. Achieving this without compromising privacy and programmatic functions required thoughtful planning and analysis. Common public spaces, such as lobbies, mail rooms and boater’s facilities, are consciously placed lower and along the public edges to ensure activated street and pedestrian promenade while private residential courtyards were elevated. Ultimately, the design strives to create a harmonious balance between the interest of the community as a whole and the livability of the residential units.