Congratulations to Lager Raabe Skafte Landscape Architects, Inc. for being one of five international finalists in the Open Architecture Network's "Safe Trestles" Design Competition. The goal of this competition is to create a safe, low-impact access to Trestles, one of North America's most celebrated surfing sites, at San Onofre State Beach, California.
Their design statement proposes a path to Trestles Beach which is subtly lifted above the existing grade to honor the landscape below. It is a transect, sampling the unique elements that define the current trek to Trestles Beach. At varying heights the user may experience: the slow restoration of an eroded ravine below; sandy bluffs looming alongside; the gust of a passenger train separating sagebrush from the vast ocean ahead; and at several places, panoramic views of the shoreline and billowing vegetation. The passage to Trestles Beach should respect the sanctity of Panhe burial ground and continue to fuel the spirit of the surfing community. As a gesture toward this energy, the transitions between ecotypes are marked playfully as visual extensions of the diverse swell patterns unique to Trestles Beach.
To read about their design proposal in more detail, please visit the finalists' page.