The Mediterranean-style design of many Irvine Company Apartment Homes echoes the charm of Spanish haciendas with their red tile roofs and arched details.
Timeless architecture is based on classical design principles—and it’s this style of architecture that endures. Outlasting fashion statements and society’s infatuation with evolving style, Mediterranean architecture is neutral in color with darker tiled roofs constructed from materials and methods that endure. At Irvine Company Apartment Communities, classical design is evident in the building composition and articulation, whether it’s in the deep-set windows, or the curvature of an arched entryway. The open-air courtyards, juliet balconies, wrought iron embellishments, symmetrical façades, or any number of architectural styles across the company’s apartment portfolio are drawn from Spanish, Northern Italian, Tuscan and Early California influences.
At The Irvine Company’s Design Studio in Newport Beach, California, the planning team focuses on giving each community and village its own character. At Irvine’s Woodbury community for example, Italian Romanesque monuments stand prominently at the community’s entrance. At Bordeaux in Newport Beach, the French Countryside theme is reflected in the gentle slope of the rooftops, the clipped hedges, flowering trees and perennials of the landscaping. Each ingredient fits with every other part of the community; the landscape reinforces the site plan, while the site plan and the landscape set up a foundation and sense of place for the building. All of this meticulous planning—executed by an extraordinary team of 30 architects and designers—involves everything from a large master plan to smaller details like lighting fixtures and the placement of olive trees.