Del Mar Civic Center, San Diego County City Hall Building, Californian Architecture Photos, CA property design

Del Mar Civic Center in San Diego County

City Hall Building Development in CA design by Miller Hull Partnership architects, United States of America

Dec 4, 2019

Architects: Miller Hull Partnership

Location: Del Mar, California, USA

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

Photos © Chipper Hatter

Del Mar Civic Center

The new Del Mar Civic Center resolves this seaside village’s longstanding need for a centralized venue where people can come together to celebrate community and exercise civic engagement. Prior to this development, Del Mar’s public activities were scattered throughout the city, often occurring in private-sector spaces. The new Civic Center consolidates primary public functions in one location, and places them at the heart of the Village.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

“City Halls have evolved into being much more than places representing civic gravitas. They are a public investment in the infrastructure for the social aspects of community, where civic identity is formed through the ritual of public gatherings that are made possible by these spaces,” notes Mike Jobes, design principal for the project.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

Located on a 1.5 acre property adjacent to Camino Del Mar, the town’s main thoroughfare, the Civic Center functions as a series of interconnected structures, courtyards and terraces, and open space that follows the contours of the site, while preserving spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

The complex includes a 3,000-square-foot Town Hall, a 9,000-square-foot City Hall, a 13,000-square-foot Town Commons, as well as parking for 140 vehicles, most of which is discretely tucked below the complex. Fully 40% of the site is preserved as open space with planted gardens, active and passive courtyards, and space for the community farmer’s market.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

The Civic Center’s design is derived from its local context: residential in scale, and built using warm, natural materials such as wood and integrally-colored concrete. Spaces flow from one to another, as well as from inside to outside, like a set of family beachside cottages.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

The landscape is a showcase for native and drought tolerant plants, including Torrey pines that for generations have defined the area. Careful placement of the new pines—noted for their significant loss of needles and cones—will minimize maintenance and ensure their long-term care and survival.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

Town Hall, the community meeting space, is symbolically pulled to the edge of site to reinforce the public nature of the complex. Low slung in stature, the interior is open and features exposed wood beams which take their inspiration from the needles and branches of the region’s Torrey pine. A cupola tops the space, and paired with operable clerestory windows, provides natural ventilation.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

The area’s mild climate means that the complex essentially functions off-the-grid (the complex was designed for net zero operations); passive ventilation provides cooling (windows are programmed to open when appropriate), site water is captured for reuse, and a rooftop solar array and battery system account for approximately 75% of all electrical use.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

City Hall is composed of two primary spaces—city council chambers and administrative offices—that are connected by an enclosed breezeway. To accommodate large group council meetings, the breezeway is fitted with speakers and can become part of the council chambers by opening the accordion-like glass wall that separates the two spaces. Seating and even the custom-built dais in the council chambers are mobile to make way for special events. Much of the exterior is clad in ipe wood siding, a Brazilian hardwood noted for its density and durability.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

Decades in the making, the Del Mar Civic Center is ultimately an expression of place and civic commitment. With its emphasis on indoor and outdoor public gathering spaces, the modest, yet considered, complex strives to be a good neighbor in this landscape of human-scaled spaces and well-loved gardens.

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

Del Mar Civic Center, California – Building Information

Architect: Miller Hull Partnership

Miller Hull Partnership design team and roles:
Architect of Record: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
Design Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
Partner-in-Charge: Ron Rochon
Managing Principal: Caroline Kreiser
Design Lead: Mike Jobes
Design Critic: Ben Dalton
Project Architects: Jeffrey Troutman, Kurt Stolle, Judith Rodriguez Lambotte, Kelley Ross, Jessie McClurg, April Ng, Steve Doub, Kevin Carpenter, John McKay

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

Consultant team and roles:
Civil Engineer: BWE, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Hope-Amundson Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Randall Lamb Associates
Electrical Engineer: Randall Lamb Associates
Geotechnical Engineer: SCST Engineering
Landscape: Spurlock Landscape Architects
Lighting: Randall Lamb Associates
Interior Designer: bkm OfficeWorks
Theatrical/AV: Western Audio Visual

RECON Environmental, Inc.; Estrada Land Planning
Contractor: Gafcon

Del Mar Civic Center San Diego

Photography © Chipper Hatter

Del Mar Civic Center in San Diego County, California images / information received 041219 from Miller Hull Partnership architects

Location: Del Mar, California, USA

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