Gallery: Top 5 Finalists Announced for Safe Trestles Competition


Easy*Safe*Dry by kola+kle

Kola+Kle propose a super-simple wooden path straight from the parking area to the beach. This no nonsense path doesn't meander, doesn't have any fancy bridges or underpaths, and takes a straight line approach to provide the most direct access. Along the way, the wooden walkway and rails are painted with information about the surrounding ecosystem and an easily visible rail crossing has visual and auditory signals to alert beach goers. Bathrooms, a water fountain and a changing rooms are located near the beach.

The Safe Trestles Competition kicked off in February, challenging architects and designers to come up with a way to safely access the famous Trestles beach in Southern California. Currently, over 100,000 people visit the famous surf break and beach each year. To get there, beach goers and surfers park off of the Old Pacific Highway 101, then walk through the wetland area, cross the tracks and then down to the beach. Over the years numerous paths have been cut through the area, disturbing the ecosystem, and it’s incredibly dangerous to cross active train tracks. Trestles beach has been threatened by development over the years and now that it’s finally safe from change, it’s time to make the beach safe to access.

+ Open Architecture Network Safe Trestles Competition


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  1. Super Long Seaside Benc... August 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    […] by both a beach boardwalk and a charm bracelet, the Longest Bench meanders and loops like a chain and occasionally encounters […]

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