Ullman Sails Lofts, Gold Award, On the Boards
Site: Newport Beach, Calif.
Entrant/Architect: Brandon Architects
Builder/Developer: Berk Custom Homes
Size: 2,347 to 2,515 sf (residential units)
Hard Cost, excluding land: $350/sf
Slated for the former site of the Ullman Sails company, this project works industrial-modern details into four residential units and two commercial spaces. It didn’t make sense to retrofit the original building, but project architects wanted to retain its industrial flavor. “It looks new, but pays homage to the neighborhood history,” says Christopher Brandon, principal with Brandon Architects. “People get attached to old buildings, even in oddball industrial neighborhoods like this.”
Features to be salvaged include three two-story sliding-rail barn doors on I-beams, two of which can be moved for security and protection from the elements. The building also will have CMU masonry walls and steel windows and doors. With its proximity to restaurants, entertainment, and Newport Harbor, the project is expected to lure young professionals.
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