Located in the north of San Diego County, Carmel Valley is a community originally master planned in the seventies. The project site is the largest remaining vacant site in the area. Kilroy Realty wanted to develop a mixed use project that would provide a center to the community that incorporates retail, office and residential buildings.
The project was imagined as a new walkable mixed-use neighborhood that would take advantage of the California climate. The concept was centered around the use of paseos, courtyards and plazas that would create a series of connected pedestrian experiences meandering through the project. Variously sized buildings are combined with a layered use of landscape to create a varied character. Each space feeling like an outdoor room defined by the landscape and the adjacent buildings’ uses.
The heart of the project is the civic plaza a generously sized informal space of seating, relaxation and dining that can be programmed for a variety of public activities from farmers’ markets to outdoor movies.