Warren Scott Architecture
Warren Scott Architecture | Encinitas, CA
Warren Scott AIA, Warren Scott Architecture
Warren Scott Architecture Featured in Concrete Masonry Association Design Awards
Why Masonry? Masonry was the finish of choice for this project from the start. When used properly, it can impart a sense of permanence with its timeless aesthetic and long lasting structural qualities. In this project, masonry is the primary first floor element to anchor the building to the ground plane while providing urban style and human scale. The selected factory sandblasted finished block was chosen for its consistent color and texture, but also to prevent the environmental consequences of onsite sandblasting. In situ, treatment of the block consisted of a natural finish with an environmentally approved clear anti-graffiti coating to prevent defacement common to the urban environment. The clean lines and natural texture of the chosen masonry finish was left exposed in portions of the interior in conjunction with the structural and mechanical systems, creating a loft type experience.
Treatment of storm water in the coastal areas is a common concern. The building is designed to collect roof storm water and transfer a portion through a sculptural rock column to the site landscaped filtration system. Parking stalls use rock-lined trenches to help in filtering contaminates as well. Additionally, the roofs are sloped to accept future solar collectors in an effort to prevent built-in obsolesce. Though the project was not registered for a certification by an accredited association, most of the project materials were qualified for certification and the design and construction is well within the guidelines of such requirements. This project was designed with the belief that longevity is the foremost contributor to a sustainable outcome. With this dogma, we designed this project to be durable, functional, and appealing to the human spirit. As such, masonry played an essential role in allowing us to attain our goals.