Los Angeles, CA
How to best modernize a 1960’s era beachside powerplant in the spirt of the local city’s surf culture? A 120ft tall architectural screen was proposed to complement renovation of the coastal facility and adjacent marshland. The design would see steel masts delicately pinned to concrete foundations, with the masts leaning 20° in alternating directions. Tension net sails span between these masts in an elegant balancing act. A cable truss connects masts and adjacent concrete plinths, stabilizing the system. Fifty thousand two-foot diameter plastic spheres are hung from the net at regular intervals, creating a moiré pattern bridging sea and sky. The proposed wave wall gently rises and falls as it wraps the facility.