A UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND, SANTA MONICA, CA
North Beach is a new sea-side park for the city of Santa Monica. Located on an acre parcel at the base of the bluff located between the Pacific Coast Highway to the North and the sandy Santa Monica State Beach to the south. Natural landforms allow for various experiences within the park. The elevated earthworks are inspired by the sea, the undulating landscape is reminiscent of the forgotten sand dunes that once occupied the site.
Santa Monica, CA
City of Santa Monica
Sean Kim, Structural
Gaspor Obardo, Civil
Recreation Republic, Equipment
American Architecture Award
Los Angeles Architectural Award
APWA BEST Award
Nomination, Interior Design Best of Year Award
Published, The Architect's Newspaper
The universally accessible designed park is both fun and educational for children and adults of all abilities. Traditional barriers are removed that may hold back children with physical, cognitive, vision or hearing disabilities from the rest of the group.
The playground areas are highlighted by barrier-free equipment. These structures allow for increased maneuvering space and are complimented by accessible surfaces and paths. Areas are designated for younger children (2-5), older children (6-12) and adults. A sensory garden provides opportunities and equipment for kids to learn through touch and imaginative play.