The Tustin Hangers are awe inspiring. They stand in opposition to human scale and for that alone they engage our imagination, trigger interior reverberations about our humanity and make us crane our necks upward and wonder how cool it would be to get up there!
We engaged the whole of the site (both in master plan and in detail). We loathed the idea of only utilizing one of the hangars, so when the brief said that we could come up with a plan utilizing both hangars we jumped at the opportunity. Also, Tustin is in serious need of a worthy development here and has already been through the ringer with 2 thwarted attempts that have cost them much time and money. Additionally, we have always craved an opportunity to investigate the current standards of development for “city centers” and bedroom communities.
Given those 3 motives, we set out to bring back both the farmland that once was there, some of the language of old Historic Downtown Tustin and create a downtown city center that was simultaneously, vibrantly urban and also pedestrian/human in scale.