The Met
Location:
Santa Ana, CA
Client:
Legado Companies
Size:
3.1 acres
284 residential units
14 studios, 129 1bdm, 136 2bdm,
5 3bdm
Type:
4-story Type V over
1 level Type 1 over
2 levels subterranean parking

The Met introduces a new standard of urban living to Santa Ana. The five-story, 284-unit apartment complex, on a prime downtown site on one of the city’s major boulevards, takes full advantage of its location with distinctive entrances, carefully articulated, contemporary facades and a pedestrian friendly streetscape.

Exploiting a 10-foot change of grade on the site, the architects created a grand stair leading to a podium level gathering place replete with reflecting pools, lush landscaping, a community room and fitness center. The entry is framed by two glass towers, one of which is topped with a yoga veranda under large canopy. A second entrance on First American Way leads to a lobby and the leasing offices. Entrances, pathways, fountains and landscaping define the ground plan and reinforce connectivity with the neighborhood.

Apartments are available as studios, one-, two-and three bedrooms units, all with large windows and many featuring balconies. Additional amenity spaces include a roof deck pool and garden, and a dog park on the ground floor.

The modern architecture employs scale, modularity and detail to signal the residential nature of the development, while a material and color palette of urban neutrals complements the commercial context. City living, SoCal style.