The overarching aesthetic theme of Chharala City Centre is contained within the cultural authenticity and  the emerging energy of Surat, the fourth fastest growing city in the world!

The goal for the Retail and Commercial Centre draws its inspiration from Surat being the diamond polishing capital of he World. Surat is famous for its work with diamonds and textiles. There is no better way to celebrate this fact than to develop an architectural composition which sparkles and casts light in concert with cut geometric clarity. Moreover, the signage and graphics program will exude a rich and vibrant character reminiscent of the textiles produced for generations in Surat.

The goal for the mid-rise residential units is to provide every space an enjoy view of the landscape courtyards, The Park, and/or the agricultural fields beyond.  The desire is to promote serenity and beauty by creating a pleasant residential enclave where views, vistas, and nature seduce the interior residential spaces while the exterior architecture of the six towers, collectively,  “stand in refined elegance”.

The approach to optimizing the development opportunity will be to simultaneously analyze the distribution of the Program in consideration of Site Access, Traffic and Circulation, Infrastructure, Block Morphology, the Existing Framework Plan, Urban Design Principles and Spatial Character.  Concurrently, Emerging Trends, Technology, along with Safety and Security, will produce a Master Plan which is Culturally Sensitive, Flexible, and Inspirational.

The general program for the entire 16 acre development, located at the SW corner of Jogger Road and MG Road,  consists of the approved uses and project areas (2.5 million gross square feet); including:

  • – 3-story Retail Mall, 600,000 sf, with ten roof top  screen cinemas
  • – 5-Star Hotel containing 270 keys, pool terrace, ballrooms, and club lounge
  • – Two Class A Office Buildings each containing 250,000 sf
  • – 100 Residential Condominiums, consisting of six mid-rise towers
  • – Hospital containing 100 beds
  • – 3,000 underground Parking Spaces

Harbor Center Master Plan

Situated at the crescent of San Diego Bay, the 28-acre site has been master planned for recreational, retail and commercial uses, as well as, public open space along San Diego Bay. Specific program uses include: over 232,000 SF of retail space, the Corporate World Headquarters for Solar Industries, an ocean aquarium research center, marina, transportation center, America’s Cup Facilities, and hotel site.

The master plan for the site takes its cues from the existing city grid and the crescent shape of the Embarcadero along San Diego Bay. The design parti integrates the variety of circulation systems at this important node while maintaining view corridors. To promote greater participation by residents and visitors alike, pedestrian activities and related programs (aquariums, America’s Cup Center, retail shops, etc.) are located along and in the bay. Similarly, other uses such as the transportation center are located within the framework of the city.

This project was a joint venture of Martinez + Cutri in association with Ben Thompson and Jack Robertson.


Tijuana, B.C. Convention & Expo Center

The design parti conforms to the framework plan for the master planned development, while at the same time providing a functional center with the potential to quadruple in size. Commensurate with the requirements of column free and large open space volumes, the parti goes hand-in-hand with monumentality, scale and proportion. Architecturally, the principle facade features colossal columns placed in front of a curtain wall, and supporting a suspended, gold-striped, metal roof.


Southwestern College Campus Master Plan

The campus plan draws its inspiration from two disparate traditions. The first is the American campus planning of carved buildings containing a landscaped yard. The second is the composition of ancient cities of the Americas bound together by ceremonial processions and spiritual monuments.

The sixteen buildings will strongly reference the indigenous architecture of the Americas (Mayan, Aztecan, Incan, Anasazi, etc.) while simultaneously incorporating the latest in telecommunications, technology, and energy conservation.


SDSU Calexico

The campus plan strategically sited seven new buildings — administration, library expansion, faculty offices, research institute, student lounge, convocation center, and physical plant – in order to create two new courtyards and the central academic yard. The new buildings reinforce the mission style architecture of the 1920's campus. The landmark building is the convocation center whose facade is modeled after the feathered serpent of the Aztecs, Quetzalcoatl.

The campus' main entry coincides with East 7th Street while the cross axis aligns with Mary Avenue. This intersection is celebrated with a 150-foot tall telecommunications tower.


San Diego Convention Center Expansion

The urban design parti for the Expansion of the San Diego Convention desires to fulfill several important goals for this waterfront development in downtown, in particular: The fulfillment of the Park-to-Bay Link at the South Embarcadero, a recognizable urban park fitting San Diego’s place along the Pacific Rim, a genuine celebration of the waterfront, a year around entertainment venue at Marina Park, a pedestrian overpass, views to the Bay and downtown from inside the Expansion, a bona fide public thoroughfare unencumbered by semi-trucks, and convenient vehicular circulation for the general public to Marina Park and the Embarcadero.

The over-arching theme of the above mentioned goals is to create strong urban connections to the “fabric of the city”, strengthening the framework plan of downtown and promote a walk-able and vibrant environment in and around the Center. This can be seen, for example, by taking the semi-trucks into the building directly off Harbor Drive, thereby providing a well defined rectangular park between the expansion and the adjacent Hilton Hotel. This new park will serve as the “front yard” of the new expansion, while concurrently enhancing the public realm. Another example is the ability to “see through the new expansion” (transparency) from the meeting room level, and further to capture views from inside the ballroom and exhibit hall of downtown and/or San Diego Bay.

A critical component of the urban design strategy is to balance off the land-swap of the new hotel (2.3 acres) and the necessary re-distribution of land in order to comply with the previously approved California Coastal Commission mitigation plan of the Hilton Hotel, and phase two of the San Diego Convention Center. Our proposed open space plan “zeros out” the land-swap.

The conceptual design is intended to serves as an “economic engine” for downtown, and concurrently facilitates the meaningful interaction between hotels, transportation systems, entertainment venues, restaurants and retail establishments.


Pacific Gateway Master Plan

The Pacific Gateway Project at the Navy Broadway Complex will contain commercial offices, hotels, retail uses, public attractions and nearly 3,000 underground parking spaces. The project will encompass the equivalent of eight city blocks with each block having its own distinct characteristics. As a result, each pair of east-west blocks will constitute a precinct and accordingly will necessitate a specific design response as well as having the obligation to enhance the experience of the central Paseo. This approach has the opportunity to promote a “finer grain” intervention which will establish formal and spatial hierarchies and create important connections into the public realm.

Precinct 1AB enhances the civic spine of Broadway and serves as the landmark structure of this development with a 400 foot office tower in the context of an urban park. Precinct 2AB serves as transitional structures with one building — a 28 story, twin tower hotel -designed to compliment the landmark structure while maintaining sensitivity to the Navy Headquarters and a second building designed as a publicly oriented “jewel box” with a sensitivity to the urban park and the embarcadero. Precinct 3AB is critical to the success of the master plan accommodating the U.S. Navy Headquarters and the USS Midway. The design for the hotels must acknowledge the relationship between the two naval structures and includes a condo hotel which must facilitate the “naval connection” to the Bay. Precinct 4AB is unique in its adjacency to the Old Police Station, Seaport Village, and Tuna Harbor. Its design of the 9-story hotel and 10-story office building will focus on the aesthetics seen in the Spanish Colonial Style of the Old Police Station across the street.

This master plan will embrace and promote the planning criteria of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, as well as the Development Plan and Urban Design Guidelines. The ultimate objective is to create a vibrant and lively 24-hour center which integrates well into the urban fabric of downtown, and provides destination activities and programs for San Diegans and visitors alike. By employing a design parti which draws its inspiration from the architecture of San Diego, the DNA of the aesthetics for Pacific Gateway instantaneously becomes recognizable and endearing to all San Diegans. In turn, Pacific Gateway becomes rich in authenticity, and the landmark along the embarcadero.


Mi Pueblo, Urban Design Study

A 13 Acre, 10 linear block, urban design study in the heart of San Ysidro's historic downtown. The study area included numerous existing retail establishments, historic building, existing public library and park and recreation facilities. The goal was to create a redevelopment plan for a medium density, pedestrian scaled, transit oriented, sustainable, urban mixed use, linear core with housing and commercial. This included: a new public library fronted with an urban plaza as a focal point; adaptive reuse of the existing historic public library; new recreation fields on decks over public parking; relocation and enlargement of an existing neighborhood grocery store, bank and new drugstore with housing above; street level pedestrian oriented and neighborhood serving retail under three stories of market rate and affordable courtyard housing; zero lot line townhomes; below grade and tucked in at grade parking; infrastructure study, and; enhanced streetscapes for traffic calming and increased traffic capacity.


Deseos Mexico

Desos Mexico, a new urban center for the Santa Fe District in Mexico City, will be a mixed use development containing class A Office space, Luxury Residential Condominiums, Specialty Retail, Spa and Fitness Center, a Theater, and, a Gran Turismo Hotel. The cornerstone of the development will be “Torre Mexico – Popocatepetl”, a 50-story mixed tower (hotel, office, retail) containing over one millions square feet of program.

The 25 acre site is divided into three sensible precincts in order to promote a lively and live-able lifestyle in an emerging region of Mexico City. As such, the framework plan (“Spin Concept”) promotes a grand boulevard (“Paseo Libertad”) juxtaposed against the National Park to the south, and the carefully arranged building program to the north. Given the property is located at the far southeast end of the Santa Fe valley, and the major feature / geological features is to the north, Popocatepetl (volcano), through-vistas between buildings becomes a spatial determinant similar to block morphology.


City Heights Urban Village

The vision was to build a center with a community focus, turning an outdated, very low-density neighborhood into a higher-density, urban village for the 21st century. Developed as a partnering venture between public agencies and private enterprise, the challenge was to create a plan that retained the existing mixed-use pedestrian quality while adding new urban infrastructure, retail development, and density.

With a strong participatory planning process, a number of issues were identified as critical to the project's success: safe and secure streets, affordable, state-of-the-art retail, community facilities, open space and an increased tax base. The plan has achieved its goals. A distressed neighborhood has been revitalized, residents and businesses are flourishing and investing in the community, and new opportunities exist for future development. Most importantly, the cultural diversity of the neighborhood is successfully integrated through public art.