San Mateo, CAStatus: Completed 2002
In collaboration with multi-disciplinary team, Endrestudio provided architecture and engineering services for Shoreline Park areas located along a two mile section of the San Francisco Bay. Endrestudio conceived, designed, and implemented several key architectural elements of the plan, including a new maintenance building, public restrooms, picnic/shade shelters at Ryder Park, and a 105 foot span bridge connecting pedestrians and light vehicles to newly restored wetland areas. To minimize cost and lessen the impact on the natural environment, while satisfying the client's wishes to provide a visual marker that could be seen from afar, Endrestudio chose a repetition of materials consisting of Ironwood decking, solid concrete bases, steel pipe structural sections, and curvilinear forms. The result is a seamless integration of the organic environment and the engineered encounter: the bridge's graceful sweep echoes the curves of the marshes and creek within the coastline park, and the wood deck of the pedestrian bridge (cantilevered from a torsion pipe beam that spans between concrete piers) remains set back from its support, giving the illusion that the bridge is floating above the natural forms below.