Art and efficiency at Lofts at 655 6th Ave.

The basics: Lofts at 655 6th Ave. is a 106 unit mixed use development in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp quarter. The structure is cast in place concrete with energy-efficient infill glazing. The project was the recipient of a 2008 Citation of recognition from the American Institute of Architects San Diego and a San Diego Orchid Award for public art.

The players: Architect, Public Architecture, San Diego; contract glazier, Starline Windows, Langley, B.C.; glass supplier, Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich.; glass fabricator, Vitrum Industries, Langley, B.C.; general contractor, Highland Partnership, Chula Vista, Calif.

The glass: Infill glazing system made up of a varied pattern of small and large glazed squares with Guardian SunGuard SN 68 with a low-E coating. A floating sun-tempering element is used over the projects west facing balconies that is essentially a second window system partially covered with photographic translucent film. Currently the film displays a sepia-toned photo-abstraction of oak trees. The displays will be rotated about every 10 years.