888 South Olive Street

Located within walking distance to most of the major transit, entertainment, governmental, cultural and financial entities in downtown LA, this residential project will contain 283 units and 371,600 gsf.  The 32 story, high density, mixed-use, pedestrian oriented project is on a 56,600 sf site at the intersection of Olive Street andNinth Avenue.

The all-glass tower has a random “mosaic blue skin” with glass railed balconies, punched glass surfaces and projecting glass elements.  The tower’s podium is angled clear glass containing retail shops and residential lobby at street level, and a two story, solid-element for parking which appears “suspended in space”” by two robust, metal clad round columns. The tower’s top is defined by two ellipsoidal columns supporting a “monumental eave” which defines the rooftop deck and offers an iconic element to the LA skyline.


11th & Broadway

Situated at the intersection of Broadway and Park Blvd, two of downtown’s ceremonial streets, the two towers, 32-story high density residential development will contain 641,000 gsf on a 40,000 sf site.  The mixed income development will have 623 units (I bedrooms through three bedrooms), 10,000 gsf of retail, and six levels of below grade parking.

The architectural parti is simple, clean and elegant where the all-glass towers are
intended to blend rhythmically with the sky while the podium is of black porcelain ceramic tiles which becomes a timeless and rationalist framework for
an active pedestrian oriented retail street experience.  The podium has retail and the residential lobbies ringing facing the street and further, an urban plaza along Eleventh Avenue.

Urbanistically, the off-set two tower configuration energizes the Broadway Experience (e.g., Broadway runs from the historical high-end residential district of Golden Hills to the east, through the core of downtown, to San Diego
Bay to the west).  Similarly, Park Blvd Experience is enlivens the long heralded Bay/Park Link along the eastern edge of downtown (e.g., Balboa  Park to  owntown to Petco Park and the Embarcadero).




City Walk

This project is located in the Marina District of downtown. Bounded by Market, G, State, and Union streets, it is in the heart of a high density, mixed-use, urban residential neighborhood. CityWalk’s for sale units include townhouses, flats, and lofts ranging from 960 SF to 2,100 SF. The entire perimeter of the project has stoop entries with porches at the street level. The units are arranged around landscaped courtyards with fountains and outdoor gathering spaces. The lobbies have large glass entries that allow views into the courtyards from the street. The parking garage is below grade. Amenities include a commons area with kitchen, meeting space and gym, as well as outdoor common space. Arched porticos frame the entries to the project.

This high density, low rise, residential urban project focuses on pedestrian scale, front door stoops with porches and façade articulation reminiscent of European cities.

Martinez + Cutri worked in association with BAR Architects of San Francisco on the project’s design and is the architect of record.


Cedar Road Housing

Cedar Road Housing, situated on a 4.12 acre mid-block site, is a sixty-eight unit multi-family housing development for the low-income families of Vista. The transitional housing development provides two, three and four bedroom townhouses, and two-bedroom flats.

The development of building clusters, each facing a courtyard, creates a series of small-scale “neighborhoods.” The unit configuration was designed specifically for working families with children. Most units are accessible by both a front door leading to the parking/street and a rear door leading to the community areas. Two-bedroom flats provide unique housing opportunities for two small families to live in a shared housing situation.

In the middle courtyard, the residents’ community center is the hub of activity, both with recreational and learning/management space. A patio/barbecue area leads to a tot-lot, gardens, and lawn/landscaped areas, all visible from the recreation rooms. Laundry buildings, with built-in seating and large roof-overhangs, are intended to double as gathering spots. Perimeter parking and auto circulation minimizes impact on the living and recreational space.

The creative construction financing package included tax credits, County H.O.M.E. Funds, City Redevelopment Funds, A.H.P. Funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank, H.U.D. Supportive Housing Funds, a Department of Agriculture Farm Worker Housing Grant, and private bank loans. Martinez + Cutri Architects satisfied the design and construction requirements of all these agencies.


Village Walk in Little Italy

This high-density, mid-rise residential development at the gateway to downtown's Little Italy incorporates colors, geometries, and landscaping to create a playful and interactive building. Reminiscent of European cities, the facades are articulated with street level commercial spaces, entrance stoops, porches, and balconies. The corner at India and Beech streets is carved out to form an appealing public piazza, accentuated by a central fountain, benches, and the main entry. Units are arranged around terracing courtyards and outdoor gathering spaces. Street-facing units have scenic views of the bay to the west and the city skyline to the south and southeast.


Ten Fifty B

Ten Fifty B is a high-rise, affordable housing project located on the north side of B Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. The 23-story mixed-use building replaces the existing 1-story burger king restaurant and consists of 13,451 square feet of street-level retail space with 229 residential rental units above. Units include studios, and 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom flats. At the 7th and 9th levels, above the building base, are landscaped outdoor common areas. These areas will have expansive views of the Coronado Bridge and San Diego Bay to the south as well as the mountains to the east. Indoor common areas such as the office, laundry, community room and computer room are adjacent to the outdoor terraces.


The Mark

The urban design parti responds to the dual character of the site. A 32-story tower with street level retail spaces sits on Market Street, while 2-story townhouses are on Island Avenue. The architectural expression of this full block development accentuates the emerging lifestyle of downtown through the use of cutting edge materials that give the building’s skin residential scale and richness. The composition of the tower is deliberately modern cubism with the base reminiscent of the neighborhood’s former warehouses.


Mi Arbolito

This luxury residential project is sited to take full advantage of its prominent location at the northwest corner of Balboa Park. Like an urban tree in a natural landscape, the tower's upper floors will capture magnificent views of the historic California Tower and San Diego Bay. The south facade, facing Balboa Park, is designed with a thin vertical composition. This is achieved through the articulation of the glass-skin on the southwest corner, the adjacent 150-foot high “wedge”, and the horizontal “banding” of the balconies on the southeast corner.



This full block development maintains the urban framework of the city with pedestrian-friendly street-walls addressing the four streets, and an internal courtyard providing private open space for residents. Each street-wall responds to the specific character of its immediate context. The Island Avenue facade promotes a “fine grain texture” of entry stoops, brick surfaces, and warehouse style fenestration in response to the residential nature of this street. The high spine character of Market Street necessitates that its street level facade engage a mixed-use program thereby opening up to the street with large storefront windows. This 200-foot long facade acknowledges the block's corners with a 7-story blue void tower and a complementary fritted glass tower.


Pier Project

The architectonic assemblage of this mixed-use project draws its inspiration from the maritime elements seen on San Diego Bay, some 300 feet to the west, while the spatial character is defined by the urban framework of its downtown context. The design also incorporates the geometries of the grid shift while capitalizing on the sloping landscape and panoramic views.

The angled vertical bays of the tower evoke images of sails while affording spectacular views of the harbor. The stacked units of the mid-rise are like cargo shipping containers. A strong street-wall pays respect to the city environs with retail and commercial uses along the main street, thereby strengthening the charm and character of the Little Italy community.