Irvine’s architecture is timeless

by Ellen Bell

ARCHITECTS ARE rarely short on opinions, but most agree: Irvine is timeless.

For the trained eye, that means a place that is revered over generations, not just the span of the latest trend.

For the resident, it’s more subtle. Irvine’s timelessness is found in the daily experiences felt at a retail center, office campus or residential village.

“Architecture is what connects people and places,” says Irvine Company Vice President of Planning & Design John Koga. “The attention to detail and craftsmanship demonstrates a commitment to quality.”

Irvine Company has partnered with some of the world’s most renowned architects on the design of Irvine buildings, including the late I.M. Pei and his firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Pei’s most famous works include the glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Pei’s enduring philosophies on beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms inspired Irvine Company to select his firm to design the company’s most iconic buildings, including the Irvine Spectrum Towers and Spectrum Terrace office communities.

Promenade Village Apartment Community’s classically designed buildings are complemented by intimate plazas, expansive outdoor spaces, mature olive trees, Mediterranean gardens and four luxury pools.
Entry monuments reflect the attention to architectural details that define an Irvine village. You’ll see this in landscapes, community centers and homes, too. These details are what create a sense of place and character of a community.
Encased in 2,554 panels of specially curated Viracon glass, the 200-400 Spectrum Towers reflect the movement of the day. And unlike other high-rises, the iconic buildings are surrounded by expansive lawns that create connections to the outdoors and a collaborative workplace environment – a consistent architectural theme of Irvine’s office properties.