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Architects Orange

Orange, CA

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Entry tower.
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Westfield University Town Center

This complex renovation and expansion succeeded in turning a built environment inside out. 

The program transformed a vacant, windowless Robinson’s May department store into a multilevel icon and entry gateway, emphasizing an outdoor lifestyle.  This underutilized corner of the mall was transformed into a vibrant multilevel entertainment zone and permeable gateway, with ground level health club, major retail and luxury shops on the second level, topped with a 14-plex movie theater with outdoor plaza. 

All major tenants received revised storefronts, updated lighting and landscape, while remaining open during construction.  A series of plazas and seating areas connected by pedestrian pathways accentuate the open air circulation.  An exclusive luxury retail street offers an incomparable shopping experience.

The food court was reimagined as a multilevel clubhouse, complete with communal dining opportunities, upgraded materials and finishes, family lounge, elevators and restrooms.   

This contemporary project drew from eclectic San Diego influences, including endless summers, beaches, gatherings, twilight and entertainment, which were translated into distinct zones and courts throughout the project. The architecture makes successful use of metals, stone, glass, pavers, canvas tensile structures and signage, and delivers a LEED Gold rating.

The mall represents an ambitious yet surgical makeover of a beloved public environment.     

 
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Status: Built
Location: La Jolla, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect/Designer in association with Westfield, LLC
Additional Credits: Builder & Developer: Westfield, LLC
Interior Design: Westfield LLC
Photography: Michael Urbanek

 
Revised storefront.
Revised storefront.
Grand staircase.
Grand staircase.
Food court and family lounge.
Food court and family lounge.
Rooftop deck.
Rooftop deck.