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Located on the bustling street of Mission Boulevard of San Diego with the Pacific Ocean on one side and Mission Bay on the other, this Duplex renovation seeks to create an inviting atmosphere by opening up the kitchen and living areas into one big Great Room. This atmosphere is further extended upward, with multi-level roof decks connected by a spiral stair that leads to a pool container nearly twenty-five feet in the air. With views of the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay on either side of the pool container, it is the perfect spot to relax after a long day.


San Diego, California

Design Team

Joe Rivers, Kevin Barden and Esmer Leija


Rivers Barden Architects




2021 - present



Albert Cabin

Stepping through the stone wall portal welcomes an exodus from the city and arrival to the Texas Hill Country. In the mornings, the bathroom and shower face southeast for the sun to greet you. In the evenings, the bedroom offers expansive views southwest to unwind with the sunset and explore the night sky.

Natalie Lin Douglas

Music and Performance

In this episode, our resident architects Joe Rivers and Kevin Barden visit with Natalie Lin, a violinist from Houston, Texas. Natalie is a violinist and founder of KINETIC, a conductor-less ensemble from Houston, Texas. Joe and Kevin sat down with Natalie to discuss her upbringing in music and how her ensemble is forging a new path for classical musicians.



In an essay entitled The Hedgehog and the Fox, Isaiah Berlin quotes the Greek poet Archilochus, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing” (Berlin 7). The essay was written as a commentary on Leo Tolstoy’s view of history, however, the text can offer an understanding for how one might practice architecture as well. For us, this understanding reveals itself in perceiving the environment as a fox and believing in it as a hedgehog.