The Keaton

San Diego, CA


258 DU | 2.04 AC | 126.5 DU/AC


Protea Properties


Design Architect
Architect of Record

Located on an obsolete 2-acre industrial site, this 258-unit multifamily development sits across from a historic airfield and is buffered by an existing parking structure serving the adjacent VA hospital. Modeling the next generation of high-density apartment communities, the design utilizes an innovative hybrid construction typology that leverages the efficiency of wrap buildings and the high-density advantages of podium construction. Known as HY-WRAP, the efficient building typology comprises an on-grade parking structure with 5 levels of Type-III wood-framed units over 3 levels of Type-I units within the concrete podium structure.

This solution provides residents with direct access to units from the parking garage while concealing the structure from the street and maximizing space for amenities and common areas. An abundance of curated amenity spaces includes two interconnected outdoor pool courtyards, themed gathering and event areas, a co-working space, and an impressive sky deck. A visual identity of elevated forms and a contemporary industrial flare defines the architecture and interiors. The spirit of ascent is celebrated through the application of wood paneling, steel, and standing metal seams that connect and break down the 7-level facade