One Vanderbilt Avenue – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist
Learn more about 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, One Vanderbilt Avenue (New York City).
The preservation of a historic Craftsman with a deep-rooted history serves as the center of this community-focused project. Originally built in 1912, the house played a vital role in San Diego’s LGBTQ history by serving as the only hospice for AIDS patients during the epidemic. Nakhshab expertly restored the dilapidated structure and developed the adjacent plots of sharply sloped land. The result is a unique, multi-residential building that shares a courtyard with its sleek new sister residence, plus a bold block of eye-catching townhomes.
Today, the Craftsman features 10 studio apartments and community room. Intricate details such as stained-glass windows, ornately carved moldings, and even a custom fireplace are original details that have been lovingly brought back to life.
The lofts are an intricate maze of design work featuring a variety of different studio floorplans and single and double mezzanine lofts. Each unit’s expansive windows provide maximum natural light and with prime views of Mission Hills, Maple Canyon, and San Diego Bay.
The buildings share an open-air courtyard space, inviting residents to spend the evening barbecuing, enjoying the firepit, or taking in a movie on the retractable outdoor screen. The landscape features a variety of drought-tolerant, minimal-maintenance flora to further promote the eco-friendly nature of the property.
The properties were completed using sustainable materials and finishes and boast solar panels to offset electric power usage, resulting in exclusive LEED certification. The entire project is a testament to the blend of vintage and modern architecture for which Bankers Hill is known.