Leucadia Architecture Wins National Award

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Brian Church Architecture Designed Mixed-use development honored with award from the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

We certainly thought about the Encinitas Boat Houses (a local landmark with apartments designed to look like real boats) in the process, but it was the size and proportions of the buildings that pushed in that direction.

SEMA4, a recently completed mixed-use project in Leucadia, has been honored with an Architectural Design Award by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, and is featured in the March issue of Architectural Record. The four live-work buildings were designed and developed by local architect Brian Church AIA.

Referred to by many as “sails,” the curved wooden structures seem to have a nautical undertone. In regard to the boat theme, architect Brian Church offered, “We certainly thought about the Encinitas Boat Houses (a local landmark with apartments designed to look like real boats) in the process, but it was the size and proportions of the buildings that pushed in that direction. At nineteen feet wide, thirty feet tall, and four feet apart, the houses are going to feel like live-aboard boats. That’s the way they were designed,” added Church, “comfortable, compact and efficient.” The subtle nautical motif and number of units drove the project name - SEMA4 (pronounced "semaphore"), the flag system used for maritime communication.

Each building comprises a three-bedroom, three-bath residential unit above a small retail space at grade level. This naturally green “shopkeeper” configuration allows residents to operate a small business in a high-visibility location on the PCH, and then enjoy the ideal commute home – up a flight of stairs. Sustainably designed and built, LEED certification for the buildings is almost complete. Bi-fold doors open onto an outdoor deck that’s partially enclosed by the hand-laminated curved cedar sails.

In addition to SEMA4, Brian Church Architecture has two other current projects along the 101 in encinitas: Dos Palmas Bakery, opened last summer, and Solterra Winery, opening next month.

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About Brian Church Architecture: Located in Del Mar, Brian Church Architecture specializes in retail, residential and mixed-use projects. In addition to SEMA4, BCA currently has two other projects on the 101 in Leucadia: Dos Palmas Bakery opened last year, SEMA4 and Solterra Winery slated to open next month.

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