The Charmer, a 19-unit rental housing development in San Diego, looks to historic California courtyard communities as a model.
Jonathan Segal, FAIA, and Matthew Segal used asphalt shingles as siding to create a soft, unexpected texture.
The project steps down a sloping site and contains 5,000 square feet of retail on its east side. Plaster fins deflect sounds from the nearby freeway.
In addition to the main courtyard, patios and balconies help residents spend as much time as they please enjoying San Diego's balmy climate.