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Location:  18th St. Ave. Hermosa Beach, California, United States of America 90254.

Client:  City of Hermosa Beach/County of Los Angeles Beach, Parks & Recreations

Site Area: 2.6 acres / 1.05 hectares Size: 1,005 gross sq ft / 93.36 gross sq m

Program:  This design was a response to a rfp, from the city of hermosa beach. Looking at the issues of the existing beach bathrooms + showers located just off the strand, i learned that having the facility “below grade,” caused many mold and health concerns. By lifting the structure up to the and above grade, creates a natural ventialation sytem created by the on and off shore breezes. The material selection in this harsh and unforgiving climate is clitical for both maintenance and longevity. A simple snail mirrored plan allows beach goers the ability to enter and exit the facility without touching doors, and the entry is six feet wide, which allows for clear and easy access.

The complete galvanized structure, and perferated canopy creates both a visual and interesting shadowing affect inside and outside. the roof has a photo voltaic panel that runs any and all lighting and power associted with the facility. the simple block walls where the urinals and commodes are located, allows maintenance crews a simple and quick way to power wash the entire area. the open and free structure allows it to dry out quickly.

Located on both the west and east end of the facility, are two mosaic tile mirror reflections of what each side was looking at. the west side shows a mural of the white wash surf, and the east side shows a mirror image of the strand and the homes beyond.

Design: 2011, Construction: TBD

Type: civic

Project Team

Design + Build: hu mn lab,+inc.

General Contractor: TBD

Structural/MEP Engineer: Paul Christensen, C.E., S.E.

Photography: TBD