An Artificial reef creates a recreational lagoon in contaminated waters, a heaven within a harbor
Cabrillo Beach once attracted a large public to its waters sheltered from the open ocean. While the bay it occupies continues to be a microcosm of shoreline activities, its safe beach waters have been stripped of their original function by cargo ship traffic and industrial uses: where the threat to the public once came from the open ocean to the south, it now comes from the enclosed harbor to the north. This project proposes an architectural reef that filters polluted water, creating a lagoon which will attract the community back to the Cabrillo Beach. In the tradition of the pleasure pier, it extends the recreational space of the beach itself out over the water and offers new public amenities. As with the coral reef, the modulated parts of the design will work together to create a cluster of interwoven, interlinked systems.
An Architectural Reef- it is to design with integration of rules that are derived from reef formation. In a meanwhile, each and every component of the design is an interpretation of microscopic level of coral cell structure, which are bond or linked to one another. As a part to whole, the modulated parts of the design will work together to create a cluster of interwoven systems; such as, structure, infrastructure, and programs spaces that are working together creating the Reef.
Status: School Project
Location: San Pedro, CA, US