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Competition Entry: AECOM Proposes Transport Center for Solana Beach

Competition Entry: AECOM Proposes Transport Center for Solana Beach
Competition Entry: AECOM Proposes Transport Center for Solana Beach, Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio
Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio

AECOM has designed a preliminary study for a mixed-use transportation development in Solana Beach, California, as part of a response for a RFP (Request for Proposal). Located near major roads and connected to railroads, the project proposal consists of a combination of retail stores and restaurants, providing transit users with leisure spaces on their travels, in addition to parking for the nearby AMTRAK train station.

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Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio
Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio

AECOM’s proposal for the transit-based development uses intersecting volumes to create programmatically overlapping spaces where travelers can discover “new informal social programs and spaces.” Materiality and structure in the Solana Beach project visually separate the building into two entities: a parking garage and a retail center. Restaurants and stores housed in tube-like forms made from glass and steel rest on top of a large parking garage made of poured in place concrete and CMU block.

Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio
Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio

The shape of the volumes are a response to the architecture of the surrounding area, which contains several metal Quonset hut warehouses. Because of the length and geometric simplicity of this form, the architects are able to transform it into a unit that they can selectively modify. 

Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio
Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio

“…the architecture of this transit oriented development is imagined as a serial and repetitive structure that has been deformed and customized. The end result is should produce a set of incidental and peculiar spatial sequences and overlapping programmatic instances that will culture-jam the functional purpose of infrastructure, inserting new informal social programs and spaces,” states AECOM.

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Courtesy of Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio
Courtesy of Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio

  • Architects

  • Principal, Studio Design Lead

    Peter Zellner
  • Project Designers

    Tyler McMartin, Dale Strong
  • Project Team

    Ivan Cremer, Yunyun Huang, Daniel Lee, Eyad Kalaji, Jungmi Kim, Wenji Ma, Matt Merrill, Zachariah Michielli, Kirill Ryadchenko, Klemens Sitzmann, Jordan Squires and Jieshi Wang
  • Area

    40000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017

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Cite: Patrick Kunkel. "Competition Entry: AECOM Proposes Transport Center for Solana Beach" 19 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/642851/aecom-designs-transport-center-for-solana-beach/> ISSN 0719-8884
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