T.B. Penick & Sons was contracted to construct a new affordable housing project in downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood. The project's architect, Carrier Johnson, San Diego, wanted to prove affordable housing does not require a sacrifice of rich, modern design. The single-room-occupancy housing project was envisioned and designed by Carrier Johnson as an urban artist's colony featuring apartments, art studios, and community gathering spaces.

Instilling the spirit of the De Stijl art movement, the project's landscape architect, M.W. Peltz, Solana Beach, Calif., created the colorful paving pattern in Studio 15's open-air courtyard. Lithocrete paving was poured 4 inches thick on the deck by a four- to five-person crew. The entire courtyard was completed in seven weeks.

To achieve the high color intensity, the contractor mixed white cement with integral color and seeded recycled glass aggregates in blue, red, yellow, and white. Each color required a separate pour.

Designer's Perspective

Studio 15 is a new affordable housing project in downtown San Diego's East Village area. Proving affordable housing doesn't have to sacrifice rich design, this single-room occupancy project was envisioned by architect Carrier Johnson, San Diego, as an urban artist's colony with apartments, art studios, and a community gathering space. Landscape architect MW Peltz + Associates, Solana Beach, Calif., brought the spirit of the De Stijl art movement to life with a colorful paving pattern in the building's open-air courtyard. The courtyard took concrete contractor T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., San Diego, seven week to complete. The Lithocrete paving was poured 4 inches thick on deck by a four- to five-person crew. To achieve the intense colors, T.B. Penick used integrally colored white cement seeded with blue, red, yellow, and white recycled glass aggregates. Each color was poured separately.