Gallery: Top 5 Finalists Announced for Safe Trestles Competition

 

Unveiling The Natural by E. Tsirintani, G. García, J. Gamboa and M.P. Seixas

This group's proposal attempts to let the pathway naturally adapt to the topography along the path. The project is composed of a locally-sourced wooden walkway and a series of wood wall sheets that are set at different angles according to the need at that spot. The wood wall sheets are set straight up and down to act as railings, flat to act as benches and angled to provide information. The path meanders a bit to follow the topography and stops along the way to provide views and then goes underneath the train tracks.

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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