The Union / Jonathan Segal FAIA

© Paul Body

Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: , , United States
Project Managers: Greg Yeatter, Luke Henderson, Guillermo Tomaszski
Year: 2007
Photographs: Paul Body

© Paul Body

During the 70’s San Diego had a flourishing textile business and strong union membership. The Golden Hill area directly adjacent to the San Diego Freeway and Downtown became home for the textile manufactures’ union hall. Subsequently, the union and textile manufacturing industry moved away and the site fell in disarray. Rather than demolishing the nondescript 70’s slump block building, the architect took a sustainable approach, and acting as owner/developer/contractor, decided to adaptively reuse the building as fully sustainable edifice with two affordable livework lofts and his own architectural office.

© Paul Body

In addition, the property provided two parking lots that are now developed to include 13 individual “for rent” sustainable town homes. Conceptually the homes are designed to harmonize with the neighborhood, have significant individual presence on the street, and have substantial private outdoor space, which is connected to each unit’s interior by an abundance of glazing. Each unit generates it’s own power from roof mounted photovoltaic panels and has landscaping with drought tolerant plants.

Cite: "The Union / Jonathan Segal FAIA" 26 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Craig Purcell

    Refreshingly modern/contemporary & nice fit into community.

  • Jessica

    I would love to install a pivoting door, can you tell me who made them for you.

  • Thorsten Scheer

    Awesome. I love it.
    Could I have your contact in case I built my next house please.

    Thx and rgds