June 12, 2019— Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón (AD&V), the largest architecture and interior design firm in Puerto Rico, today announced construction has been completed on Bayshore Villas in San Juan. Planned and designed by AD&V, the mixed-use and mixed income housing development comprises 12 new buildings over a three-block, nine-acre area.
Located on the site of the former Puerta de Tierra public housing project near Old San Juan, the Bayshore Villas development includes 174 units ranging from 600 to 1,400 square feet, more than 5,800 square feet of commercial space, and 6,000 square feet designated for community and administrative uses.
“Bayshore Villas is a significant part of the affordable housing boom in Puerto Rico that began after Hurricane Maria,” said Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, Co-Founder and CEO of AD&V. “With its completion, we are one step closer to improving the lives of mid- and lower-income families on the island.”
The project features energy-efficient systems, environmentally safe materials and pedestrian-friendly streets, as well as active design including indoor and outdoor space for children and adults. Bayshore Villas also restores the original urban design plans developed for the area in 1870, and reconnects the northern and southern sectors of the neighboring Puerta de Tierra community for the first time in over a half a century.
“Bayshore Villas was designed to be harmonious with its surroundings, with low-rise structures that face outwards towards the surrounding community,” said Cristina Villalón, Managing Principal and Interior Designer of AD&V. “The Art Deco inspired buildings reflect the area’s historic past, while incorporating modern design and amenities.”
Other new housing projects in Puerto Rico designed by AD&V include the Jose Gautier Benitez development in Caguas and Renaissance Square, the first mixed-income public housing project ever built on the island.
The Jose Gautier Benitez development is also located on the site of a former housing project. AD&V is dividing the 21-acre area into six residential blocks, including five streets dedicated to family housing, and one reserved exclusively for elderly housing. AD&V served as both architect and interior designer of the revitalization project, which is scheduled to open in 2021.
Renaissance Square, located in Hato Rey, was completed in 2019. In contrast to the high-rise structures they replaced, the new buildings that make up this development were designed to human scale and in keeping with the adjacent neighborhood.