La Jolla’s ‘The Map’ and UCSD’s North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood win architecture awards



On October 21, two projects in La Jolla won big prizes at the 2021 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchids & Onions Awards.

UC San Diego’s North Torrey Pines Living and Learning District won an orchid for architecture and received the Teen Jury Award.

The La Jolla Grand Canyons Map won in the miscellaneous category.

This year’s Orchids (“best”) and onions (“worst”) winners were chosen from 107 nominations in the categories architecture, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture and miscellaneous.

Orchids & Onions began in 1975 as an educational program aimed at educating and appreciating the public for the design and development of constructed projects that improve the quality of life for the people of San Diego. Orchids honors design excellence in projects completed over the past three years.

For the second year in a row, the event committee assembled a jury of teenagers and asked members to vote based on the same shortlist used by the main jury of architecture and design professionals.

La Jolla Grand Canyons Map

A year after it opened at Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores, the La Jolla Grand Canyons Map (often referred to simply as “the map”) claimed its orchid.

Designed by Robin Brailsford and Wick Alexander, the map features hundreds of thousands of tiles embedded in the ground to form a 2,200 square foot LithoMosaic containing over 100 life-size mosaics of creatures found just offshore, as well as markers of important submarine canyons and different shades of blue to mark the ocean depths. Information signs include photos of the species found on the map and scanned QR codes for details.

The project was led by the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans to honor the famous oceanographer, who died in February 2019 at the age of 101. Munk’s widow, Mary Coakley Munk, is a founding member of the board.

Coakley Munk did not immediately respond to the La Jolla Lightrequest for comments.

The first iteration of The Map was installed in September 2008 under the auspices of Friends of La Jolla Shores, with areas of shades of crushed blue glass growing deeper and deeper to show depth and over 300 life-size bronze replicas of the native. species – all covered with a stratification product called Lithocrete.

However, shortly after it opened, The Map began to collapse and the city of San Diego closed the area in late 2009. The Map’s maker, TB Penick, fixed it in April 2010, but he started to deteriorate again. In the fall of 2012, the city closed the area again, calling it a security hazard.

It was rebuilt over almost three years and opened in October 2020.

North Torrey Pines Living and Learning District

UC San Diego’s North Torrey Pines Living and Learning District won a 2021 Orchid Award for Architecture as well as the Teen Jury Award.

(Darren Bradley)

UCSD’s North Torrey Pines Living and Learning District at North Torrey Pines Road and Muir College Drive on campus was designed by HKS Architects, Safdie Rabines Architects and OJB Landscape Architects.

The project, billed as “the largest in campus history with architectural fame,” is the new home of Sixth College. The district includes two university buildings (one for the social sciences and one for the arts and humanities), four residential buildings with 2,000 beds for undergraduates, an underground car park with 1,200 spaces, an auditorium, a market, a dining room, a commercial space and a craft center.

Residential areas opened in fall 2020 and more areas opened this fall.

“We are very happy and proud of this award because we have put a lot of effort into coming up with a project that can reach everyone,” said Ricardo Rabines of Safdie Rabines Architects. “This project gives us the opportunity to design for different generations. … We want our design to reach every person and make people feel at home, a place for their future and their community. The idea was to create an energetic village. [UCSD students and faculty] live there, work there, study there, practice there. It’s an active cultural center, and we’ve never done that on campus. I found this project extremely exciting on this type of scale. We are happy that it is recognized.

UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said in a statement that “we are grateful for this recognition from the San Diego Architectural Foundation. With each new project, our vision of serving students and making UC San Diego a premier destination for the larger community is strengthened. North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood and UC San Diego Park and Market are both environments where students discover and grow, where academics and researchers collaborate to solve problems, and where the wider community can come to rejuvenate and expand. his knowledge. ??



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