Located in the automotive and nautical heart of Newport Beach, Mariner’s Mile, Newport Village consists of two parcels bisected by the Pacific Coast highway. Combining residential, retail, boat and car showrooms, and office space, the new mixed-use development supports an active living waterfront while still paying homage to the past maritime uses on the site.
The waterfront parcel stretches 800 feet of bay frontage and consists of four buildings located on the site to allow for maximum pedestrian and visual connections from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to a new waterfront promenade and bulkhead. The site plan also maintains a mid-century modern building which hovers over the water. The strategic arrangement of the buildings on site not only allow for increased sightlines to the channel, but have been crafted in a way to bring clarity to a sense of arrival for pedestrians and automobiles alike. The open areas on the site provide a variety of spaces for pedestrians to walk, rest, work, eat and access the waterfront. The landscape palate uses drought tolerant species and aesthetically refers to the natural waterfront context.
Taking cues from the marine-oriented history, our design approach is established from the use of low slung structures with forms that reference boatyard vernacular, but executed with modern proportions and crisp detailing. The architecture is humble yet sophisticated, and has been designed to be a backdrop to the sails and hulls and variety of marine activities. To reinforce the variety seen throughout Mariner’s Mile while bringing a sense of clarity to the architecture, the residential portions of the project are visually unique from the buildings containing the commercial uses.
Pitched and sloped roofs create interesting fifth facades to be seen from above and play homage to the classic forms often used for waterfront structures. The buildings employ a variety of materials – painted shiplap siding, ‘varnished’ natural wood, and metal panels – which are often used in marine climates.