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Sweeping Eco Bridge Provides Access to World-Class Surf Spot

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On May 5, 2010 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture | No Comments

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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 [1], 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 [2] designed Cut Back Hills [3], a sweeping wood walking path composed of FSC-certified wood [4]. The beautiful structure is one of several entries in a competition hosted by the Open Architecture Network [5] to design a safe and ecologically-conscious beach access solution for surfers and beach goers.

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Inspired by driftwood found along the shores as well as surfing [6] 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 [7] 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 [2] 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.

+ 24° Studio [2]

+ Open Architecture Network Safe Trestles Competition [8]


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[1] the beach has been saved: http://www.savetrestles.com/

[2] 24° Studio: http://www.24d-studio.com/main.htm

[3] Cut Back Hills: http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/trestles_template-25362

[4] FSC-certified wood: http://inhabitat.com../tag/FSC

[5] Open Architecture Network: http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/

[6] surfing: http://inhabitat.com/2005/07/19/eco-surfboard/

[7] FSC-certified: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/demystifying-eco-labels/

[8] + Open Architecture Network Safe Trestles Competition: http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/competitions/trestles

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