Trestles is a famous surf break and beach in Southern California that been threatened by development in recent years. Luckily, the beach has been saved, but it’s still difficult to access — the trail crosses active train tracks and has caused some damage to the local ecosystem. Seeking to provide a solution, Brooklyn-based 24° Studio designed Cut Back Hills, a sweeping wood walking path composed of FSC-certified wood. The beautiful structure is one of several entries in a competition hosted by the Open Architecture Network to design a safe and ecologically-conscious beach access solution for surfers and beach goers.
Inspired by driftwood found along the shores as well as surfing and surfing moves like the ‘cutback’, ‘floater’ and ‘snap’, the project is a flowing walkway with barrel-like bridges that circulates through and around the wetland area. Designed to make the access to the beach a more enjoyable experience, the walkway is wide enough for even bike riding and has a low enough angle for wheelchair accessibility. The entire project would be constructed from FSC-certified hardwood and timbers for its supporting structures.
Currently, access to Trestles Beach is only provided via foot from the Old Pacific Highway 101 parallel to the I-5 in between San Diego and LA. As it stands, surfers generally walk from the highway across a somewhat fragile ecosystem, cross the train tracks (dangerous!) and around the hills to the beach. 24° Studio proposes a wood walkway and bridge that winds through the hills, over the train tracks and down to the beach. A number of observation decks, additional parking, bathrooms and bike racks are also included.